Socialist Worker

Tripod steps up Vestas blockade

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2168

The tripod outside Vestas

The tripod outside Vestas

Vestas wind turbine workers on the Isle of Wight have stepped up their blockade of the factory by building a tripod outside the back gate.

The scaffolding will make it more difficult for the company to evict the camp and move the £750,000 worth of wind turbine blades and equipment that are still inside the factory.

Workers are taking it in turns to stand on the structure. Dave Arbuthnot spoke to Socialist Worker from the top of the tripod.

He said, “I’ve been up here since dawn. I’m about 25 feet up, enjoying the sunshine – it’s lovely and warm but the wind is quite strong. I’ve got a bit of board and a cushion so I’m comfortable.

“The idea of this is to strength our blockade by putting up a fixture and making it harder to move.

“And at the same time we’re marking that it’s exactly one week to go until our national day of action on Thursday 17 September.

“We want everyone across the country to get involved and really put the pressure on.”

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