Vestas: What you can do

Submitted by Newcastle on 20 August, 2009 - 9:12

• Set up a local Vestas workers' support group, involving trade unionists, environmental activists, and socialists.

• Organise a visible demonstration of solidarity, especially on the next national day of action, 17 September.

• Send a donation from your trade union or other organisation, or make a personal donation, with a message of support: cheques payable to Ryde and East Wight Trades Union Council, 22 Church Lane, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2NB.

• Send a motion to your union leadership demanding they actively back the Vestas workers and their demands. This is particularly important in Unite, Unison, GMB, and CWU. Demand those unions' leaders add their signatures to the letter of support put out by sixteen union leaders on 4 August:

• Contact local Labour Parties, and ask them to follow the Isle of Wight Labour Party in backing the workers. Ask them to demand Energy Minister Ed Miliband come to the Isle of Wight to meet the workers.

• Lobby your MP and get her or him to sign "Early Day Motion" 1925, put down by John McDonnell MP in support of the Vestas workers. If the MP is Labour, contact local Labour Party activists and Labour-affiliated unions, and urge them to put pressure on their MP.

• Contact energy minister Ed Miliband. His phone number in his Doncaster constituency is 01302 875 462, and at Westminster, 020 7219 4778. Flood him with calls for the Government to take over the Vestas factory and keep it producing, under new management.

• Send messages of support from yourself or your organisation to

• Come to the protest outside the Vestas factory — Monks Brook, St Cross Industrial Estate, Newport, Isle of Wight.

• If you are a member or sympathiser of the AWL, send some money to finance the work of our comrades in the Isle of Wight — for their travel and food, and also to help us produce leaflets and other materials to help the struggle. Many thanks!

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