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Vestas dispute


Vestas profits up

Vestas, the wind turbine company that sacked 600 workers in the summer, has seen its profits shoot up by 70 percent to £150 million.

The Vestas struggle has changed the debate about green jobs

The Vestas struggle has changed the debate about green jobs The occupation in August and ongoing campaign by the Vestas workers has electrified both the climate change movement and the struggle for jobs.

Blades moved after police smash Vestas camp

Police smashed up the "blockade camp" outside the Vestas wind turbine factory and held back protesting workers as the company moved wind turbine blades on Tuesday.

Police move in to smash Vestas camp

The "blockade camp" outside the Vestas wind turbine factory was smashed up by 50 police officers in a dawn raid this morning.

Vestas day of action reports

Vestas day of action reports A wave of protest in support of the Vestas wind turbine workers took place across Britain on Thursday. The workers occupied their factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight, after bosses announced that it was to close. The occupation, and the workers’ fight for jobs and the planet, inspired tens of thousands of people.

Vestas protesters occupy barge in Southampton

Workers and campaigners against the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight have chained themselves to cranes and boarded a barge in Southampton docks.

Vestas workers say back the fight for green jobs

15 September 2009
Thousands of activists across Britain are to hold a day of action in support of the Vestas wind turbine workers on Thursday of this week.

Tripod steps up Vestas blockade

10 September 2009
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.

Vestas day of action has wind in its sails

01 September 2009
Former Vestas wind turbine workers are calling on trade unionists, campaigners and climate activists to join a day of action planned for Thursday 17 September.

Vestas workers interviewed: in the eye of the storm

25 August 2009
The Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight was Britain’s only significant producer of wind turbines – and one of the biggest employers on the island. But despite government promises of "green jobs", bosses there were able to suddenly close the factory, sacking 600 people.

Day of action shows growing support for Vestas workers

13 August 2009
Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Isle of Wight yesterday as part of a national day of action as part of the campaign to save jobs at the Vestas wind turbine factory.

Vestas occupier: ‘We need a system that is based on the needs of people’

11 August 2009
Ian Terry, one of the youngest Vestas occupiers, spoke to Socialist Worker about his experiences and where the struggle should go now.

Vestas: the fight for jobs goes on

11 August 2009
The sense of struggle is palpable on the Isle of Wight, and workers at the Vestas wind turbine factory are taking a clear lead in order to take their campaign for jobs to victory.

Vestas workers' march shows the fight for jobs goes on

08 August 2009
Over 250 Vestas workers, supporters and activists gathered in St Thomas's Square in Newport, the Isle of Wight, today to show Vestas management and the government that their campaign for jobs and justice for Vestas workers is far from over.

Inspiring London meeting sees Vestas day of action gather pace

08 August 2009
Trade unionists and activists gathered at Soas in London on Friday evening to share stories from the recent wave of occupations and discuss the next steps for the growing resistance.

Vestas occupation ends but the struggle continues

07 August 2009
The Vestas occupation ended just after noon today after two and a half weeks when bailiffs went into the factory to enforce an eviction order. The defiant workers who had been sitting-in to save their plant and jobs were given a heroes’ welcome by their hundreds of supporters outside the factory. The workers have vowed to fight on.

'I'm so proud of my dad'

04 August 2009
‘I support what the workers are doing 100 percent. There are hardly any job vacancies on the whole island—what’s going to happen if over 600 people lose their jobs?

'I want the government to nationalise Vestas'

04 August 2009
‘This experience has had a very positive effect on people.

How can we win?

04 August 2009
The occupation of the Vestas factory should be an inspiration to all of us under attack in the recession.

Workers of the world back the struggle at Vestas

04 August 2009
The solidarity shown by workers and trade unionists across Britain and internationally has been a real source of strength for the Vestas workers.

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