20 Jul 2009

Derek's statement of solidarity with Vestas workers

Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to human life and nature. The solution is simple, stop using fossil fuels, generate energy from clean renewables.

At present climate change policy is based on carbon trading, its made money for bankers but it hasn't reduce C02 emissions at all. Its a complete con!

It is shameful that Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown have done nothing to defend Vestas.

Trade union action is one of the most important ways of protecting the environment, in the 1970s Jack Mundey's Building Workers Union conserved much of Australia by using the green bans.

In the 1980s the NUS (now part of the RMT) stopped nuclear waste dumping at sea.

I am appealing to all Green Party members and everyone in fact who cares about the future and wants to take serious action to support your fight.

I salute you, occupy, resist, produce....you are giving hope to people right across Britain,

right better get back to mailing everyone I know about your fight for jobs and the environment

Derek Wall, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Windsor, Committee Member the Ecosocialist International Network

Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 20:47:38 +0100
Subject: Vestas Workers occupy to save jobs and the environment!
From: savevestas2@googlemail.com
To: savevestas@googlemail.com

Vestas Workers occupy to save jobs and the environment!
(This is not an official press release - one will follow soon.)
Workers at the Vestas wind turbine blade plant on the Isle of Wight have occupied their factory in Newport in an attempt to prevent its closure, which was scheduled for the end of this month. Their brave fight in is an example of what workers can do when they get together and take militant action to save jobs and sustainable industries.
We call upon everyone around the country to send whatever support they can to the workers at Vestas. We all have an interest in a sustainable future, and we all have a responsibility to show solidarity to workers in struggle.
Send a message of solidarity, send money to the Vestas workers’ fighting fund, and bombard the energy minister Ed Miliband with emails and phone calls (details below), calling for the government to save the factory and run it under new management. Go to a demonstration (details below), plan a solidarity action, or come to the Isle of Wight to aid the struggle.
What can you do?
Send messages of support to:

The Vestas Fighting Fund:
Cheques Payable to ‘Ryde and East Wight Trades Union’
Send Cheques to:
22 Church Lane
Isle of Wight
PO33 2NB

Bombard Ed Miliband:
Doncaster constituency office tel. 01302 875 462
Westminster office tel. 020 7219 4778.
Email: ps.ed.miliband@decc.gsi.gov.uk




DEMONSTRATION to save Vestas called by 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)

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.


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!

Come to the Isle of Wight to support the struggle!

Ring 07775763750 for more information.

A press release will follow as soon as possible.


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