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Another setback for Vestas management as occupation delays redundancies

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2162

Workers at the Vestas wind turbine factory in Newport, Isle of Wight are to be paid for another two weeks – but will not have to do any work.

The factory was due to close today and the 600 workers were expecting to receive redundancy cheques this morning, but instead got letters telling them they would receive more pay, though they won't be expected to work.

Sean, one of the occupation stewards, says, “It’s basically two weeks more paid activism.”

The company has claimed that it can’t make people redundant yet as workers are refusing to do final “consultations” over the phone.

Backing off from making the workers redundant while the occupation is still going on shows the pressure the company is feeling under the media spotlight and from mass protests.

The delay gives the occupiers and their supporters more time for to build solidarity and save all the jobs ant the plant.

However not all workers have received the letter saying they have two weeks more pay. Some feel the company is messing them about as they currently have neither pay nor redundancy money. Many were relying on money coming in today.

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