Occupied factory’s closure delayed

Vestas Wind Systems was due to close its plant in Newport on the Isle of Wight yesterday, with the loss of more than 600 jobs. A 90-day consultation with the workers was due to end, but employees received letters yesterday saying the timescale had been extended. The extension follows a delay in legal moves to end the occupation of the site, which will be heard by a county court on the island next week. The RMT union said the development was “another massive victory” for the campaign to save the factory. Its general secretary, Bob Crow, said: “[This] gives us a real opportunity to sit down with the Government and the company to work out a solution to save the factory and the jobs.”

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