Second turbine plant occupied as row escalates

Author: By Alan Jones, Press Association

The action against Vestas Wind Systems came as the company prepared to take
legal action to end a long-running sit-in.

A group of workers have been occupying a plant at Newport on the Isle of Wight
for the past two weeks in a bid to prevent its closure with the loss of more
than 600 jobs.

A second Vestas factory at Cowes was occupied in the early hours of this
morning by workers and climate change activists who also climbed on to the
roof of the building.

One of the workers said; “We are staying here until everyone is reinstated and
the closure decision is reversed.”

Vestas will go to court today to seek repossession of the Newport factory and
end the sit-in.

A group of 11 workers have remained inside the plant in a bid to highlight the
“madness” of promoting green energy and jobs while the only main
manufacturer of wind turbines in the UK is closed.

The workers will be represented in court by the Rail Maritime and Transport
Union, which has been calling for urgent talks with the Government in a bid
to save the factory, which was due to close last Friday.

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