Industrial Action at Vestas’ UK Plant

Workers arriving at the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight today are being turned away by police due to a sit-in protest by about 25 employees, the BBC reports.

Vestas is set to lay off 525 workers at the Newport factory at the end of July due to what it says is reduced demand for wind turbines in northern Europe. However, the offices at the site have now reportedly been occupied by workers at the plant, who say they will stay until “someone listens” having previously called for government action to preserve ‘green’ jobs

One un-named worker was quoted saying: “What we would like to see is the government actually taking it over and possibly nationalising it.”

Vestas has not publicly commented on the issue.

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