The Vestas occupation is over – build the Vestas pickets! News on Monday 10th August

Although the occupation of the Newport Vestas plant ended on Friday, the campaign is just getting going. There is the rooftop protest at the East Cowes plant which the workers are supporting. And, most important, the workers plan to picket the Newport factory so that Vestas cannot have complete control of it, or of the equipment and remaining blades inside.

They need help to build and sustain the picket. The best way to put pressure on the Government is to put pressure on Vestas, otherwise all we are organising is another political campaign in a good cause – they are very practised in ignoring those (think Iraq war, in the first place).

Meetings and rallies are being organised all around the country, but the primary focus of these should be to build support for the picket, by encouraging people to visit the Isle of Wight, even for a day, or raising funds to pay for travel to the Island, or for the expenses of those campaigners who are staying on the Island to help support the picket. If you go to a meeting this week – and we hope you do, or, if possible, organise one – please make that case.

Meetings and protests this week

Here is the list of meetings and protests we know about already for this week, with the centrepiece being Wednesday 12 August, national day of solidarity with Vestas workers. This information is taken from and being updated at the Save Vestas blog maintained mainly by Workers’ Climate Action http://savevestas.wordpress.com

Mon 10 August

• BRIDGEWATER, 7.30pm, Unity Club, meeting with Danny, one of the occupiers who is doing a charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats

Tues 11 August

• GILLINGHAM, KENT Sunlight Centre, Richmond Road, 7.30pm, Vestas support meeting organised by Kingsnorth Climate Action Medway and Medway trades union council
• LEEDS, 7-8.30pm, meeting, Swarthmore Centre, next to Park Lane College
• MANCHESTER 7pm solidarity meeting with Vestas worker speaking, Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, tel: 07724 139278

Wed 12 August – national day of action in solidarity with Vestas workers

• BIRMINGHAM 12.30pm rally outside the Government offices for the West Midlands (off Colmore Row, round corner from Halifax), St Philips Place, St Philips Cathedral park, Birmingham B3. Called by Birmingham CACC and supported by Birmingham TUC, tel: 07846 490 408

• BRIGHTON 12-2pm, leafleting/collecting in Churchill Square; 6pm, street meeting in Churchill Square, email: brightonvestassupporters@googlemail.com, tel: 07845 183407
• CARDIFF 7.30pm, public meeting with Vestas worker; Marianne Owens, Vice-Chair PCS Wales; Wayne Thomas, President of NUM Wales (tbc); Climate Camp Cymru speaker (tbc); and Adam Johannes, Cardiff Campaign against Climate Change, Riverside Community Centre, Brunel St (off Ninian Park Road)
• CENTRAL LONDON 12.30pm, meeting organised by PCS and RMT, The Dining Room, Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard
• COWDENBEATH, picket Gordon Brown’s constituency office, 12-3pm, 318-324 High Street, tel: 07826 517648, email: akmailie@yahoo.ie, katherine.a.mcmahon@gmail.com
• LIVERPOOL Casa (the dockers’ pub), 29 Hope St, 7pm, RMT, dockers and Merseyside TUC meeting to set up solidarity campaign, tel: 0151 709 1786/07940 244718/07930 870934, email: j.tilley@rmt.org.uk
• OXFORD, 12 noon, rally, Bonn Square, called by Oxford and District TUC
• PORTSMOUTH 5.30pm, rally at The Hard
• PLYMOUTH, 12.30, the Sundial, leafleting the City Centre at lunchtime, tel: Tony Staunton 07803 620390
• WARRINGTON 7.30-9.30am, demonstration, Vestas HQ, 302 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6XG, tel: 07724 139278
• WREXHAM public meeting, 7.30pm Barracuda Bar, Town Hill, Wrexham LL13 8NA

Thurs 13 August

• COVENTRY 7.30pm, the Squirrel, central Coventry, public meeting with Vestas worker Seb and Socialist Party councillors, Rob Windsor and Dave Nellist

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One response to “The Vestas occupation is over – build the Vestas pickets! News on Monday 10th August

  1. winterstaetter / Austria

    If you produce umbrellas in the sahara, nobody would buy it and you have to move to scotland to make a good business. The same with Vestas – you have enough wind but you build nuclear power plants. I am glad, that Vestas move to a better place!

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