Vestas factory occupation, 2009
For a full list of all stories on this website about Vestas, click here. Key articles below:
What you can do - practical solidarity
The story so far - timeline 28 April to 18 August
Why wind turbine production should be publicly owned - Government minister Joan Ruddock challenged face-to-face on her "principles"
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester
Eyewitness account of the occupation and ongoing struggle by Vestas workers on the Isle of Wight
Whitehall Place, London
Called by Campaign Against Climate Change
Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, London WC1
Assemble Church Litten park, Newport (between library and Morrison's), march to County Hall
Wembley Park Tube station, London
Warrington Wolves, who are sponsored by Vestas and play in strip with a Vestas logo, are in the Rugby League Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday 29th. Vestas workers' supporters will be there urging Warrington fans to demand the team get another sponsor.
Bread and Roses Pub, Clapham Manor Street
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn tube
A Public Meeting on Monday 7th September, in Conway Hall at 7.00pm. Speakers will include:
John McDonnell MP (Labour, Hayes and Harlington)
Bob Crow (General Secretary of the RMT - National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers)
Tony Juniper (ex Director, Friends of the Earth, Green Party candidate)
Ian Terry (worker from the Vestas wind turbine factory)
Phil Thornhill (Campaign against Climate Change)
Don't miss this important meeting on the UK's future direction in the era of Climate Emergency - are we moving full steam ahead towards Green Jobs and the Green Energy Revolution at a speed that we can and should?
This meeting also comes as part of the build up to the next "Save Vestas" National Day of Action on Thursday 17th September.
London to Isle of Wight
Contact Nadine Houghton if you would like a place: firstname.lastname@example.org phone 07946 172461.
Madeira Drive, Brighton
Originally called by the UCU under the banner "peace, jobs, education", to demand no cuts in public spending. Also endorsed by NUT, PCS, NUJ. Now promoted by the SWP as "Rage Against Labour".
Wilkins Old Refectory, University College London, Gower St. (nr. Euston station)
A gathering of activists to organise and develop Workers' Climate Action, the anti-capitalist, class-struggle ecological campaign which has played a prominent role in the Vestas dispute.
Building a class-struggle environmental movement after the experience of Vestas
11am-6pm, Saturday 10 October @ Wilkins Old Refectory, University College London, Gower St. (nr. Euston station)
11am-4pm, Sunday 11 October @ East London (venue TBA)
Contact Stuart on 07817595626
Facebook group: "Workers' Climate Action"
Facebook event for conference: "Workers' Climate Action conference"
The Old Crown, 33 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1BH
A meeting on the eve of Climate Camp 2009. The occupation and pickets by the Vestas wind turbine blade workers, against the closure of their factories on the Isle of Wight, have been at the centre both for the fight for jobs and the fight for a sustainable future. What are the lessons of this spectacular struggle? How can we take the campaign forward? Speakers include Mark Smith (Vestas occupier). Click here for map.
All across the country
Sandown, Isle of Wight
Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, near Kings X
5.30pm at Vestas Venture Quays factory, East Cowes - and many locations round the country
Organise actions everywhere! Post what you've organised on savevestas.wordpress.com, and check there for information from other areas and for ideas.
Assemble St Thomas's Square, Newport
Sayes Court Club House, 341 Evelyn Street, Deptford, SE8
Nationalise Vestas Under Workers' Control
Workers at Vestas have been in occupation since the 20th July.
They are calling on the government to intervene to save jobs at Vestas through nationalisation, to show that it is serious about saving the planet. Come to the picket and show you solidarity with the Vestas’
Contact: Bob 07843 945 005
Downloadable leaflet here...
Outside the Department for Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place (Embankment Tube)
Show your support for the Vestas workers fighting for their jobs, and demand that the government nationalise this essential part of sustainable industry. Called by Campaign Against Climate Change.
DECC, Whitehall Place, London
341 Evelyn Street, Deptford SE8 5QT (5 mins walk from Deptford overground station, which itself is about 5 mins from London Bridge station, trains about every 10 – 20 minutes)
Anyone who is in London can join the picket of Joan Ruddock’s (minister for Climate Change) surgery this Friday at 3pm at Sayes Court Club House.
Demand the nationalisation of Vestas - to save jobs and save sustainable energy.
Victoria Room, Methodist Church Hall, Quay St, Newport, IoW
Outside the Vestas factory, St Cross Industrial Estate, Newport, IoW
Courthouse, Quay St, Newport
St Thomas's Square, Newport, Isle of Wight
Room 1, Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD
Victoria Room, Methodist Church, Quay St, Isle of Wight
- As a contribution to the Save Vestas campaign, we are showing With Babies and Banners, a film about the 1936 struggle at General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan, whose victory curbed a vicious management, launched the unionisation of the US car industry and inspired millions of American workers to fight the effects of the Depression.
- The film focuses in particular on the role of women workers, strikers' families and wider community support in the victory.
- Followed by discussion, with plenty of time for questions and contributions.
For more information email email@example.com or ring Ed on 07775 763 750
Called by Isle of Wight Association of Trades Councils
Victoria Hall, Methodist Church, Quay St, Newport, Isle of Wight