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Sit-in turbine workers fenced in

23 Jul 2009

The campaigners have called on Ed Miliband, the energy and climate change secretary, to travel to the island to speak to them.

About 200 workers staged a protest outside the factory on Tuesday after being turned away when they arrived for work.


Why hasn't the government supported Vestas as it has the car industry?
Nick Rau
Friends of the Earth

They were also joined by climate change protesters who are supporting them.

Police said Vestas had started legal action to gain an injunction which would remove the sit-in protesters.

The company said the factory was being closed next week because of reduced demand for wind turbines in northern Europe.

Friends of the Earth's energy campaigner Nick Rau said: "The UK has the best wind resources in the whole of Europe and we should be creating green energy jobs, not shedding them.

"Why hasn't the government supported Vestas as it has the car industry, and taken enough action to keep wind turbine manufacturing jobs here in the UK?"

 

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