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Vestas plans to sponsor Isle of Wight academies

Issue No. 2166

Wind turbine firm Vestas – which was at the centre of a two-week occupation after closing and sacking all its 600 staff – wants to sponsor city academies.

Vestas is part of a bid by the Academies Enterprise Trust to take over all the secondary schools on the Isle of Wight, as well as some of the primary schools.

Colin Hugill, a member of the Vestas workers’ committee, told Socialist Worker, “We will be part of the campaign to stop it.

“I think Vestas has got a few things to sort out – such as reinstating the Vestas workers – before it tries to go and mess up our schools.”

The Tory-run Isle of Wight council is using a reorganis­ation of the school system to push a neoliberal agenda and privatise the schools.

Alasdair Smith, national secretary of the Anti Academies Alliance, said. “This is a politically-motivated process. The council is pursuing privatisation for ideological reasons.

“The neoliberals say the market works and will work in education – but it clearly didn’t work for the Vestas workers.”

A protest is planned for 30 September, when the council will announce who has won the academy bid.

Defeating Vestas’ academy would not only be a victory against the school privateers – it also be a boost for the ongoing campaign for justice for the sacked Vestas workers.

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Tue 25 Aug 2009, 19:23 BST
Issue No. 2166
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