Socialist Worker

Workers occupying Vestas face court on Wednesday 29 July

by Tom Walker in the isle of Wight
Issue No. 2161

Around 300 people gathered outside the occupied Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight this evening.

At 6:30 pm this evening the crowd heard the news that the company has applied for a possession order against the occupation. However, the court case is not until next Wednesday, giving extra time to build the campaign further.

The RMT union has come forward to back the occupation and pay the legal bills of the case.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said, “Why is the RMT here? It’s because we won’t walk away from workers whether they are in a union or not.”

Crow compared the Vestas struggle to that of the suffragettes and of Nelson Mandela who had defied the law for their causes. “Who are the real criminals?” he asked. “It’s the crowd that run this place.

Demonstrate Friday 5.30pm St Thomas Square (outside Millets), Newport town centre , Isle of Wight and march to the factory.

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