Vestas

Vestas factory occupation, 2009

The Vestas workers' struggle

Vestas

Author: 

AWL

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"

Key articles on the factory occupation that brought the issues of renewable energy and of jobs together, and both centre-stage.

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Issues and Campaigns: 

Vestas solidarity leafleting at Wembley Park Tube station

Date: 

29 August, 2009 - 12:00

Location: 

Wembley Park Tube station, London

Description: 

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.

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"Green Jobs and the Green Energy Revolution: is the government doing enough?" - CACC meeting

Date: 

7 September, 2009 - 20:00

Location: 

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn tube

Description: 

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.

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Workers' Climate Action conference

Date: 

10 October, 2009 - 12:00 to 19:00

Location: 

Wilkins Old Refectory, University College London, Gower St. (nr. Euston station)

Description: 

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)

More Information:

workersclimateaction.wordpress.com
workersclimateaction.info@gmail.com
Contact Stuart on 07817595626

Facebook group: "Workers' Climate Action"

Facebook event for conference: "Workers' Climate Action conference"

Issues and Campaigns: 

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London AWL forum: How to build on the Vestas struggle

Date: 

25 August, 2009 - 20:30

Location: 

The Old Crown, 33 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1BH

Description: 

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.

Issues and Campaigns: 

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12 August: day of solidarity with the Vestas workers' battle

Date: 

12 August, 2009 - 19:29

Location: 

5.30pm at Vestas Venture Quays factory, East Cowes - and many locations round the country

Description: 

Organise actions everywhere! Post what you've organised on savevestas.wordpress.com, and check there for information from other areas and for ideas.

Issues and Campaigns: 

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Stop Climate Change, save jobs: Picket Joan Ruddock Minister for Climate Change

Date: 

7 August, 2009 - 16:00 to 17:30

Location: 

Sayes Court Club House, 341 Evelyn Street, Deptford, SE8

Description: 

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’
workers!

Contact: Bob 07843 945 005
http://workersclimateaction.wordpress.com

Downloadable leaflet here...

Issues and Campaigns: 

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Solidarity with Vestas Workers - demonstrate in London 6 August

Date: 

6 August, 2009 - 19:30 to 20:30

Location: 

Outside the Department for Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place (Embankment Tube)

Description: 

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.

Issues and Campaigns: 

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Save Vestas - Picket the minister for Climate Change in South London

Date: 

7 August, 2009 - 16:00 to 18:00

Location: 

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)

Description: 

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.

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AWL meeting, Isle of Wight. Lessons from history: "With Babies and Banners".

Date: 

26 July, 2009 - 20:00 to 22:00

Location: 

Victoria Room, Methodist Church, Quay St, Isle of Wight

Description: 

- 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 awl@workersliberty.org or ring Ed on 07775 763 750

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