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Vestas dispute


Hundreds rally in support of Vestas occupation

24 July 2009
More than 400 people rallied outside the occupied Vestas wind turbine plant on the Isle of Wight tonight after a march from Newport town centre. The workers have now been in occupation for four days in the fight to save their jobs.

Workers occupying Vestas face court on Wednesday 29 July

23 July 2009
Around 300 people gathered outside the occupied Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight this evening.

Support grows for Vestas occupation

23 July 2009
Vestas wind turbine workers and their supporters have taken to the streets of Newport, Isle of Wight, today to leaflet for another protest outside the factory tonight. Dozens of people gave out flyers for the protest, which starts at 6pm. Public support for the Vestas occupation is growing every day.

Photos of Vestas occupation

23 July 2009

Vestas occupation still going strong

23 July 2009
On the morning of the fourth day, Thursday, the occupation to save jobs at the Vestas factory in the Isle of Wight remains solid.

Protest at the Department of Energy and Climate Change

22 July 2009
Around 100 campaigners lobbied the Department of Energy and Climate Change tonight – demanding that the government takes real action to save the planet. The occupation at the Vestas wind turbine plant in Newport added an extra buzz to the action.

Solidarity and the siege of Vestas

22 July 2009
The workers occupation of Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight saw both impressive displays of solidarity and an escalation from management against the workers on Wednesday.

Supporters of Vestas workers get food to the occupation

22 July 2009
Women protesters have defied the police blockade at the occupied Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight. The protesters managed to throw up food to the workers, who the police were attempting to starve out.

Don't let them starve Vestas occupiers out

22 July 2009
Police and Vestas management are trying to starve out the Vestas workers who are occupying their plant in Newport, on the Isle of Wight.

Workers’ action can save the planet

21 July 2009
Jonathan Neale of the Campaign Against Climate Change spoke to Socialist Worker about the importance of the fight at Vestas

Vestas occupation is part of struggle for the future

21 July 2009
Workers at the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight have joined the fight against ordinary people being made to suffer for the recession.

Vestas workers occupy: 'A fight for jobs and the planet'

21 July 2009
Workers at Vestas, the UK’s only wind turbine manufacturer, occupied their factory in Newport, Isle of Wight on Monday evening against plans to close it. Dave is one of the ­occupying workers. He spoke to Socialist Worker on Tuesday.

Profits come first for bosses

21 July 2009
Vestas proudly states that, "With a 20 percent market share, and 38,000 wind turbines installed, Vestas is the world’s leading supplier of wind power solutions."

Ford-Visteon workers back the fight for justice

21 July 2009
The occupation at Vestas is just the latest in the wave of unofficial and militant actions that workers have taken in response to attacks on their jobs, terms and conditions.

Vestas workers speak out from the occupation

21 July 2009
Workers from the occupation have issued the following statement.

Vestas plant occupied

20 July 2009
A group of workers have occupied the Vestas plant on the Isle of Wight. Their brave stand is in defence of 600 jobs under threat and to keep production going at almost the only British producer of wind turbines.

Vestas: fighting for jobs and the environment

14 July 2009
The campaign against the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight swung into action with mass leafleting and petitioning last Saturday.

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