Trade Union Co-ordinating Group sends solidarity to Vestas workers

TUCG The Trade Union Co-ordinating Group (TUCG), which comprises eight trade unions representing half a million members, today sent its full solidarity to Vestas workers occupying their factory on the Isle of Wight.

John McDonnell MP, TUCG Convenor, said:

“These workers are at the forefront of the struggle to save their jobs and our planet. The TUCG stands shoulder-to-shoulder with this occupation and calls for full support and solidarity with this vitally important campaign.”

Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary, said:

“We know from workplace reports that this company is aggressively anti-union and the TUCG salutes the courage of those who have taken the brave decision to occupy the factory. They deserve the full support of the whole trade union movement.

“There’s a simple solution to this dispute. The government should nationalise the factory, protect the jobs and show that they are walking the talk when it come to green and renewable energy.”

 

Chris Baugh, PCS Assistant General Secretary, said:

“PCS fully supports the workers at Vestas who are fighting to save their jobs. We call on the government to intervene to save the plant in the interests of the Vestas workers, the regional economy on the Isle of Wight, the future of the renewables industry in the UK and to show that it is serious about meeting the UK’s climate change commitments.”

The TUCG member unions are: BFAWU, FBU, NAPO, NUJ, PCS, POA, RMT, and URTU

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Public meeting: Save Vestas!

Support the Factory Occupation

Speakers: Vestas Worker, Chris Baugh (PCS Ass. Gen. Sec, pc), Seamus Milne, Jonathan Neale

Friday 24th July, 6pm, ULU Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

Called by the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group

Act now to save Vestas Wind Turbine factory!

Demonstration to save Vestas Wind Turbine factory called by The Campaign Against Climate Change

Wednesday 22nd July , 6.00 pm

Outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change, No 3 Whitehall Place(off Whitehall, Charing Cross tube)

Just when we need a huge expansion in renewable energy they are closing down the only wind turbine factory in the UK.  The government has spent billions bailing out the banks, and £2.3 billion in loan guarantees to support the UK car industry – they can and should step in to save the infrastructure we are really going to need to save us from climate catastrophe. Gordon Brown has promised to create 40,000 Green Jobs in the next 5 years.

The first step towards this would be saving the 600 jobs at Vestas that are under threat.

www.campaigncc.org or (0)207 833 9311 for more information.

 

PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION on the Isle of Wight

Come to St Thomas Square in Newport at 5:30pm on Friday 24th July where we will be making a very public display of how we feel about the Vestas closures!

 

MEETING Wednesday 22nd July, 6.30-8.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Quay Street, Newport

We are setting up a campaign for Vestas workers’ families and Isle of Wight residents to show their support for keeping jobs at Vestas. The families and communities campaign will be very important in keeping spirits up through this stressful time. For more details call 07775 763750.