Socialist Worker

Vestas occupiers sacked but still defiant

by Tom Walker in Newport, Isle of Wight
Issue No. 2162

Vestas bosses sacked the occupying workers in their plant in Newport, the Isle of Wight, this evening. The workers received letters informing them of their sacking without redundancy pay with their evening meal, which was one slice of pizza each.

The workers have released a statement, which was read out at the protest outside the plant. It said, “We all received letters to tell us that we had been sacked with no redundancy money. This has not deterred us in any way. We are now fighting for everyone else. Come to the court tomorrow. Bring your friends and family, and spread the word.”

Steve, one of the occupation’s stewards, read management’s letter to the rally. It stated that the workers had been sacked for “gross misconduct” as a result of their industrial action.

Steve said, “We will fight this all the way. We will not rest until the workers get what is rightfully theirs. They have fought for all of us. We will show the world that they are heroes.

'We have one message for the Vestas management: ‘We are here to stay.’ Please come to the court tomorrow. We will be putting on a show of strength there to show that workers in the Isle of Wight will not roll over.”

Assemble outside the factory at 9.30am on Wednesday to march to the court for 10am


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