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Posted on 21 July 2009 at 0:00 GMT
Vestas: Support the occupation
Faced with the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight, the workers have decided to occupy the factory immediately and step up the fight to save the factory and their jobs. This follows threats and intimidations from management.
The key organisers called a meeting on the factory floor and unanimously decided to return to the plant at 7pm on 20 July to begin the occupation.
20 workers occupied the management offices and held out throughout the night waiting for reinforcements from other shifts. Spirits are high and the local police, who initially appeared hostile, backed away.
As soon as the workers occupied, calls to trade unionists across the region were answered. Members of the transport union RMT immediately left Portsmouth, crossing the Solent to the factory in solidarity.
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