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Wave of solidarity for action

Issue No. 2162

Growing numbers of people are building solidarity with the Vestas occupation.

In London, around 100 protested outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change on Wednesday of last week and up to 150 came to a Campaign Against Climate Change public meeting in solidarity with the occupation last Friday.

Vestas workers challenged climate change minister Ed Miliband at a packed public meeting of 600 people at Oxford Town Hall on Monday evening (see report online).

Local activists in Warrington, Cheshire, have protested outside Vestas’ headquarters there.

More than 30 protesters gathered outside Vestas’ northern Europe headquarters in Malmo, Sweden, on Friday. The company decided to send workers home and close its office for the day in response.

Back on the island, the RMT union has pledged to back the occupiers, represent them in court and pay their legal costs.

Representatives of the PCS, FBU, UCU and Unison unions have also come to the rallies to support the occupation.

Local firefighters in Newport FBU raised spirits on the first day of the occupation when they visited with £150. Newport Unison also donated £150.

Rob Williams, the sacked Linamar union convenor who was reinstated in June after a militant campaign, visited the plant.

He donated the money he had left from what had been raised for the campaign against his sacking.

A collection at UCL university raised £100. Oxford PCS donated £120, as did the PCS’s DWP south east region committee, and the Camden branch of Unison sent £500.

And hundreds of pounds has come in from individuals.

Next to the factory is a “solidarity wall” with union banners and letters of support pinned up.

Messages of support are still pouring in. Everyone adds to the workers’ resolve to continue their occupation.

Donations to Ryde and East Wight Trades Union Council, 22 Church Lane, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2NB. Email messages of support to [email protected]

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