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Vestas: TUC Writes to Government

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has sent the following letter to Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change ...

Dear Ed

Vestas Wind Systems

As you are aware, the TUC shares your absolute commitment to tackle climate change, including through the development of a low carbon industrial strategy with quality green jobs and skills at its heart.

Vestas Wind Turbine Factory Occupation – Two Victories in One Week! Show your support and solidarity

From Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

As you are probably aware the RMT, which has thousands of members in the offshore energy sector and is currently providing all possible support to the workers fighting for their jobs at the Vestas Wind Turbine Factory on the Isle of Wight.

RMT has secured two huge victories in one week in the battle to save the Vestas Wind Turbine Factory.

On Tuesday RMT barristers beat off a court attempt by the company to take action to end the occupation by the workers in the factory.

RMT pledges full support to Vestas occupation – Bob Crow to visit factory tomorrow

TRANSPORT UNION RMT today pledged full support to the workers occupying the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight and confirmed that RMT general secretary Bob Crow will be making a solidarity visit to the occupation at 6pm tomorrow evening (Thursday 23rd July).

The Vestas factory is the only unit in England manufacturing wind turbines. The Dutch company which owns it are trying to close the factory down with the loss of 625 jobs blaming the British government’s lack of commitment to renewable energy. The company is reported to have made profits of $56 million in the> first quarter of this year alone – a rise of 70% on last year.

The factory has been under workers occupation since Tuesday. Communication lines into the factory have been cut and deliveries of food and water have been blockaded by private security guards. This morning, those involved in the occupation have been threatened with summary dismissal.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said today:
“Nothing underlines the attack on job and communities that has been unleashed in the UK by greedy bosses and incompetent politicians better than the occupation at Vestas.

Save Vestas Wind Turbine Plant

Below is the message of support from RMT London Transport Regional Council to the 'Save Vestas' campaign. You can keep up-to-date with the campaign by clicking here.

I am writing to give my full support to the campaign to save the Vestas wind turbine plant on the Isle of Wight.

Prine Minister Gordon Brown has stated that we need 'green jobs' both to tackle the recession and to save the environment. If he does not act to save Vestas, his words will be shown to be meaningless and hypocritical. The government should bring Vestas into public ownership, and run it democratically in the interests of working-class people and the future of our world.

TUC Climate Change Conference

Information from the TUC ...

Sign up for the TUC’s 2009 Climate Change Conference!

The next big event after the G20 March Putting People First is the TUC’s annual climate change conference on Monday 27 April, at Congress House, London. Green Growth is the theme of this year’s conference.

Register online here.

Leaflet for G20 Protests

RMT reps and activists will be giving this leaflet on protests organised this week to coincide with the G20 summit. Click '1 attachment' / file name to download it. Read the text below.

RMT supports G20 protests
• Tube staff are on your side.
• A fight for public transport is a fight against climate change
• Support our upcoming strike.

We are on your side!

Campaign Against Climate Change – Trade Union Conference

Campaign Against Climate Change – Trade Union Conference 7th March 2009,

Climate Change is an issue that should concern us all. On 7th March 2009, the Campaign Against Climate Change, to which RMT is affiliated is organising a national conference for trades unionists. Venue: Kings College, London

At what should be an interesting conference seminars, debates and workshops are planned on a series of issues including sustainable transport and whether coal and nuclear power have a role to play in a low carbon and sustainable future.

Registration at the conference is £10.

Climate change and labour

Could the trade union movement benefit from measures to tackle climate change?

By Asbjørn Wahl, Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees

Most problems in society are mainly social and political, even if at first glance they seem purely technical or scientific. This is a hard-earned lesson for the labour and trade union movement. For example, workplace technology can be developed to serve different interests: the shareholders, the customers, the workers… In the end it is the actual balance of power which decides the solution and who it will benefit.

John McDonnell makes stand for democracy, says RMT

RMT press release, issued today

HAYES AND Harlington MP John McDonnell made a stand for democracy with his demonstration in the House of Commons today, Britain’s specialist transport union said.

Condemning the MP’s suspension from the house after he seized the Mace in the Commons chamber, RMT said that Mr McDonnell had been right to label as a disgrace the denial of a vote by MPs on the controversial decision to build a third Heathrow runway.