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Vestas solidarity round-up

Issue No. 2165

People in 25 towns and cities across Britain organised solidarity on the first Vestas national day of action on Wednesday of last week.

In Liverpool the RMT union and Merseyside TUC held a joint meeting with Vestas worker Anthony. At the end of the meeting a support group was set up and £130 raised.

Activists in Brighton held a lunchtime leafleting session and raised £36, including a workplace collection by a local PCS member. In the evening 25 came to a 'street meeting' that brought the total raised to around £100.

Leicester 0168m Unite branch called a protest with city council workers and the trades council. They agreed to organise more solidarity for the Vestas workers.

In Oxford around 30 people attended a solidarity protest called by the trades council. They handed out leaflets, petition and collected money for the campaign.

Some 25 climate campaigners and trade unionists protested outside the West Midlands government offices at lunchtime in Birmingham.


Workers at Vestas' headquarters in Warrington, near Manchester, joined an RMT protest outside.

In Newcastle activists held a stall, giving out 500 leaflets.

The local branches of the RMT and CWU in Bridgwater, Somerset, held a meeting with Vestas occupier Dan that brought together union members and environmentalists.

The RMT and local unions organised a rally at Portsmouth Harbour, next to the ferry port to the Isle of Wight.

Protesters also rallied outside the ferry terminal in Southampton. The closure of the Vestas factory on the island will see another 100 jobs lost at its Southampton plant. Workers and their families joined climate campaigners and local people.

There were also rallies, meetings and stalls in Bangor, Cowdenbeath, Haringey, Guildford, Gillingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield, Stroud and Wrexham.

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Tue 18 Aug 2009, 17:47 BST
Issue No. 2165
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