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Workers' Liberty Vestas bulletin #2

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AWL bulletin #2 for the campaign to save jobs at the Vestas wind turbine blade factories in the Isle of Wight. Download pdf (see "attachment", below).

AWL bulletin #2 for the campaign to save jobs at the Vestas wind turbine blade factories in the Isle of Wight. Download pdf.

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Vestas: Government under pressure

Vestas

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Martin Thomas

Energy minister Ed Miliband has announced new government finance for wind-turbine construction, and extra public funds for the Vestas wind turbine company for investment.

According to the Guardian, Miliband says that all this is not intended to keep the Vestas wind turbine blade factories in the Isle of Wight - Britain's only such factories - open, but the announcement suggests he is under pressure.

The Guardian also reports Vestas as saying that "no final decision" about the factories will be made until 31 July.

Support is needed for the workers occupying the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight - both by joining the protests outside the factory gates, and by sending donations for the campaign.

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Vestas Occupation: "Starved to save our green jobs"

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Alex Evans

The occupation of the Vestas Blades factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight continues. Heavy-handed police involvement has complicated the situation for the occupiers but a constant rolling picket outside has been maintained.

Tuesday 21st July

The occupation of the Vestas Blades factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight continues. Heavy-handed police involvement has complicated the situation for the occupiers but a constant rolling picket outside has been maintained.

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Vestas workers occupy - solidarity needed!

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Vicki Morris and Ed Maltby

Tuesday 21 July
Vestas workers speak out

Vestas wind turbine workers on the Isle of Wight have occupied the St Cross factory in Newport to stop 600 job losses. Please send messages of support! Workers' statement and more information here.

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Support the Vestas occupation - save jobs at Vestas, save the planet!

Save jobs at Vestas, save the planet!

Report received from a campaigner on the Isle of Wight, Monday 20 July:

Workers have occupied one of the Vestas Blades UK factories on the Isle of Wight in a fight to save green jobs

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Demonstration planned to back Vestas workers

Turbine

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Martin Thomas

A demonstration in support of the Vestas wind turbine workers, on the Isle of Wight, is planned for Friday 24 July, and a "families and community campaign" meeting for Wednesday 22 July.

Click here for details. Discussions are also under way for a demonstration at the office of Energy minister Ed Miliband in Whitehall, London.

The two Vestas factories, in Newport and East Cowes, are currently due to shut on 31 July, trashing 600 jobs and Britain's only wind-turbine production facility.

A demonstration in support of the Vestas wind turbine workers, on the Isle of Wight, is planned for Friday 24 July, and a "families and community campaign" meeting for Wednesday 22 July.

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Vestas protesters take the message out

Turbine

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Martin Thomas

Vestas workers and supporters demonstrated in the Isle of Wight on Friday 17 July when Prince Charles visited the island. The campaign against closure of Britain's only wind turbine factories is stepping up.

Vestas bosses - who have managed to prevent any union organisation in the factories over their nine years there - obviously have picked up that a new spirit of resistance is stirring among their workers.

Vestas workers and supporters demonstrated in the Isle of Wight on Friday 17 July when Prince Charles visited the island. The campaign against closure of Britain's only wind turbine factories is stepping up.

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Vestas campaign steps up

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Ed Maltby

The campaign to save jobs at the Isle of Wight Vestas wind turbine factory is being stepped up. Following a series of meetings with a growing network of workers who are organising across the two plants on the Isle of Wight and the Southampton site, a committee of workers is discussing various concrete plans for different forms of direct action, and workers report that the mood at the factory is increasingly confident and militant.

The campaign to save jobs at the Isle of Wight Vestas wind turbine factory is being stepped up.

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Campaigns in brief

Victory on cuts

Parents at Brooke Primary School, in Hackney, East London, have won their campaign against cuts at the school.

victory on cuts at Brooke Primary; Wynford Primary, Glasgow re-occupied; St Paul's Way; Haggerston strike; Reclaiming your taxes; Glasgow strike suspended

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Tower Hamlets fights ESOL cuts

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trainee ESOL teacher

Another half-day strike is set for the afternoon of Thursday 9 July against the cuts to the teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Tower Hamlets, east London.

Another half-day strike is set for the afternoon of Thursday 9 July against the cuts to the teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Tower Hamlets, east London.

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Vestas workers – Up for a fight!

Vestas

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Patrick Rolfe
The campaign to stop the closure of Britain's only wind-turbine factory was kick-started by a public meeting on 3 July called by Workers' Climate Action and Cowes Trades Council attended by over 100 workers and members of the local community.

On Friday 3 July, Workers’ Climate Action and the Cowes Trades Council held a public meeting attended by around 100 people, to oppose the closure of the Vestas plant, Britain’s only wind turbine factory, on the Isle of Wight.

Two months ago, Vestas announced over 500 job cuts. It is seeking to move production to the USA.

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Activists spark fight on wind turbine closure

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Patrick Rolfe

Three activists from Workers’ Climate Action and the AWL visited the Isle of Wight on 15-18 June because we had heard that the Vestas plant there — the only wind turbine blade factory in Britain — faces closure.

After four days’ work, we have a meeting set up, sponsored by Cowes Trades Council, to launch a campaign against the closure. We will be going back to the Isle of Wight, with other activists we hope, to build for that meeting in the week leading up to 3 July.

Three activists from Workers’ Climate Action and the AWL visited the Isle of Wight on 15-18 June because we had heard that the Vestas plant there — the only wind turbine blade factory in Britain — faces closure. After four days’ work, we have a meeting set up, sponsored by Cowes Trades Council, to launch a campaign against the closure.

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Victory to the solidarity strikes!

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Martin Thomas

Solidarity strikes have spread across Britain to beat the union-busting attempted by oil multinational Total and its contractors on their construction site at the Lindsey Oil Refinery site in Lincolnshire.

Many thousands of workers have struck over a principle, though the immediate bread-and-butter issue concerns just 51 workers. Such solidarity is the muscle-fibre of all working-class strength and dignity. That is why the Tories made it illegal in the 1980s, and why New Labour has kept the Tory laws.

Industrial action over pay by the National Union of Teachers was one of the first casualties of the economic crisis. After winning Solidarity strikes have spread across Britain to beat the union-busting attempted by oil multinational Total and its contractors on their construction site at the Lindsey Oil Refinery site in Lincolnshire. Many thousands of workers have struck over a principle,a concrete mandate for action in a ballot, the union took a single day of action to demand the government meet a pay claim.

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Cuts battles will shape an epoch to come

If the Government puts out £1100 billion in cash, credit, and guarantees to the banks, as it has done, then someone is going to foot the bill. On current plans, both Tory and New Labour, it is public services and public service workers.

A lot of the £1100 billion has been guarantees given on the principle that, if the guarantees are in place, they will never be called on. But a lot is actual loans or actual cash, to buy shares in the banks.

If the Government puts out £1100 billion in cash, credit, and guarantees to the banks, as it has done, then someone is going to foot the bill. On current plans, both Tory and New Labour, it is public services and public service workers.

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Solidarity Swells Lindsey Pickets

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Frank Miller

Good local support boosted numbers at the demonstration called at Lindsey Oil Refinery this morning adding to the solid core of sacked workers at the site. Building from a slow start at 0630 the picket swelled to over 1500 by 0830. The picket line itself was very quiet, most of the sacked workers having already heard the news that Total had agreed to talks.

Today saw a further impressive show of force at Lindsey Oil Refinery as the picket was reinforced by solidarity and support from local unions and activists.

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CAIC protest at Total HQ

The Campaign Against Immigration Controls organised a picket yesterday at Total HQ in Watford to coincide with the deadline for surrender that the bosses had set, stepping up their offensive against the unions in the engineering construction industry with the taunt of asking workers to betray the most militant among them by reapplying individually for their jobs rather than securing reinstatement en masse.

Report of the Campaign Against Immigration Controls picket at Total HQ in Watford, in solidarity with the sacked Lindsey workers.

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CAIC protest at Total HQ

The Campaign Against Immigration Controls organised a picket yesterday at Total HQ in Watford to coincide with the deadline for surrender that the bosses had set, stepping up their offensive against the unions in the engineering construction industry with the taunt of asking workers to betray the most militant among them by reapplying individually for their jobs rather than securing reinstatement en masse.

Report of the Campaign Against Immigration Controls picket at Total HQ in Watford, in solidarity with the sacked Lindsey workers.

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Construction: victory for the solidarity strikes!

Staythorpe

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Martin Thomas

29 June: the BBC reports - "Construction workers at the Lindsey oil refinery have voted to accept a deal that will see them return to work after weeks of strike action.

"The deal is said to involve the reinstatement of 647 workers sacked for taking unofficial industrial action.

Unions now say they have secured other jobs for the 51 workers [who were told early in June that they would be laid off] as well as reinstating 647 employees at the site who were on strike.

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A mass meeting on 29 June at the Lindsey Oil Refinery construction site accepted a deal conceding victory to the wave of solidarity strikes and reinstating the sacked workers at the site.

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New wave of solidarity strikes

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Martin Thomas

New strikes over jobs and union agreements have broken out in engineering construction similar to those at the end of January and the start of February this year.

According to Contract Journal (19 May), the dispute started with 50 laggers walking out at the South Hook Liquified Natural Gas terminal in Milford Haven.

Utility Week reported (20 May) “around 200 workers... picketing the South Hook liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Milford Haven. They include some from the nearby Dragon LNG terminal.”

Walk-outs in solidarity were reported from:

New strikes over jobs and union agreements have broken out in engineering construction similar to those at the end of January and the start of February this year.

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New strikes in engineering construction

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Martin Thomas

New strikes have broken out in engineering construction similar to those at the end of January and the start of February this year.

According to Contract Journal (19 May), the dispute started with 50 laggers walking out at the South Hook Liquified Natural Gas terminal in Milford Haven.

New strikes have broken out in engineering construction similar to those at the end of January and the start of February this year.

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Union News in Brief, UNITE, PCS, CWU and NUT

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Camila Bassi

UNITE: You might think the leaders of a union whose members occupied the Visteon factories and took wildcat strike action in engineering construction would be pre-occupied with struggle.

You might think the leaders of a union whose members occupied the Visteon factories and took wildcat strike action in engineering construction would be pre-occupied with struggle.

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Higher Education: Build for strike on pay and job cuts

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Camila Bassi

Lecturers at two thirds of higher education institutions face the real threat of losing their jobs. The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has said that 100 institutions are planning collective redundancies.

Visteon workers who occupied or picketed their plants when they were sacked without notice on 31 March have won an iLecturers at two thirds of higher education institutions face the real threat of losing their jobs. The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has said that 100 institutions are planning collective redundancies.mportant victory.

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Visteon: Gains won, but pickets continue

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Vicki Morris

Visteon workers who occupied or picketed their plants when they were sacked without notice on 31 March have won an important victory.

Many of the workers at the three plants in Basildon, Belfast and Enfield had been on Ford mirror contracts, since the company was spun off from Ford in 2000, but when Visteon UK went into receivership the company claimed it did not need to honour the contracts, even though the international company is still solvent.

Visteon workers who occupied or picketed their plants when they were sacked without notice on 31 March have won an important victory.

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Fight the cuts!

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Elaine Jones

A survey of 129 council leaders by the Local Government Association shows that half the councils in England have axed jobs in the last few months and seven in ten anticipate further redundancies.

In the south-west, 67% of councils have already made cuts in staff; in the the south-east, 57%; and so on down to Yorkshire and Humberside (37%).

In some areas, councils are the largest employer, and across the UK they employ 2.2 million workers.

A survey of 129 council leaders by the Local Government Association shows that half the councils in England have axed jobs in the last few months and seven in ten anticipate further redundancies.

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Visteon workers win concessions, but the struggle is not over

1 May: The sacked workers who have been occupying or picketing the Visteon car-parts factories in Belfast, Enfield, and Basildon since 31 March have won significant concessions.

1 May: The sacked workers who have been occupying or picketing the Visteon car-parts factories in Belfast, Enfield, and Basildon since 31 March have won significant concessions.

The bosses have offered much-increased redundancy payments, seriously above the legal minimum.

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Linamar (ex-Visteon) convenor sacked

Rob Williams, the Unite convenor at the Linamar car parts factory in Swansea, was called into the directors’ office of the plant on Tuesday 28 April and told that he was being sacked for “irretrievable breakdown of trust”.

The victimisation was met by an immediate production line walk-off by the day shift. They surrounded Rob’s union office after management called in police to forcibly remove Rob from the building.

Rob Williams, the Unite convenor at the Linamar (ex-Visteon) car parts factory in Swansea, was sacked on 28 April, then reinstated, then had the sacking reimposed on 6 May. If Linamar are allowed to get away with this, no convenor or shop steward is safe.

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Resources for the Visteon struggle

Visteon

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Vicki Morris

Belfast Visteon workers website
New national Visteon workers website
See "attachments", below, to download the official Unite appeal letter as pdf.

Belfast court date delayed to May 6th

BBC report.

Visteon planned Belfast closure years ago

Details of the workers' own campaign websites, official Unite appeal letter, and links for relevant news reports.

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Prisme occupation workers announce victory

Statement from the Prisme workers, 24 April: After 51 days in occupation the Dundee Prisme workers have decided to end their occupation. The reason we have taken this decision is that it looks like we have secured funding to take our co-op venture forward and save the jobs that we thought had gone.

After 51 days in occupation the Dundee Prisme workers have decided to end their occupation, because they reckon they have saved their jobs.

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