Socialist Worker

Workers of the world back the struggle at Vestas

Issue No. 2163

The solidarity shown by workers and trade unionists across Britain and internationally has been a real source of strength for the Vestas workers.

Vestas workers in Copenhagen sent a message of support to the occupation. It was read out to cheers.

The Danish workers said that the factory “should be run under workers’ control as it is only workers who can plan production effectively. Our struggle is the same and internationalism will hold the struggle together.”

South Korean car workers at Ssangyong, who have occupied to save their jobs for over two months, have exchanged messages of support with the Vestas workers.

The 1,000 occupying workers have faced harsh repression, but have pledged to defy the law and stay.

“Ssangyong Motor workers will continue to firmly struggle until there is no such thing as redundancy dismissal,” they wrote to the Vestas occupiers.

“We would like to comradely thank for your solidarity and wish you all victory.”

Union branches across Britain have sent money and support—including £500 from the Scottish Housing branch of the Unite union.

And public meetings have involved impressive collections for the workers.

In Bristol, supporters formed a Vestas Support Group at a 50-strong meeting.

It set up a rolling protest outside the Environment Agency in the city, with the support of workers inside who are in the PCS union.

Climate change minister Ed Miliband has been hounded wherever he goes. On Wednesday he was met by 20 protesters outside a meeting in Birmingham.

As Socialist Worker went to press a rooftop protest had been launched at a second factory in Cowes.

The government is under massive pressure. Keep the solidarity coming.

Messages of support to savevestas@gmail.com

Donations to Ryde and East Wight Trades Union Council, 22 Church Lane, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2NB


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