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Nationalise Vestas to save jobs

Labour's green hypocrisy exposed l Victory to the Vestas workers

Issue No. 2162

The government must nationalise the Vestas wind turbine company to save jobs and begin to stop climate change. Gordon Brown and energy secretary Ed Miliband have refused to save the jobs.

The 25 workers who have occupied the company’s factory in Newport, the Isle of Wight, were facing the threat of a court injunction when Socialist Worker went to press.

They have been in occupation for over eight days. The protesters are fighting to save 600 jobs which are at risk – despite the fact the company will pocket £6 million in taxpayers’ money for research and made £575 million in profits last year.

Ian Terry, who is in the occupation said, “The government must take this factory under its wing. They should get rid of the management and guarantee our jobs. It’s disgusting that the government can rush through nationalising busted banks, but won’t even think about nationalising renewable energy firms which are good for everyone.”

The occupation is an inspiration to workers facing attacks in of the recession.

Ian added, “I’m backing the demonstration at the Labour Party conference in September. It’s time to stand up and not let the government make decisions without listening to the people.”

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