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Turbine 'sit-in' workers sacked

Eleven workers taking part in a sit-in protest over job cuts at a wind turbine blade factory on the Isle of Wight have been dismissed.

Vestas Windsystems said it had sacked 11 employees who it had identified as being inside the office.

The protest began on 20 July in response to the firm's plans to make 625 staff redundant at the end of July.

Vestas is shutting the Newport site because it says the UK wind turbine market is not big enough.

Mike, one of the workers, told the BBC that dismissal letters - telling them they had lost their jobs and their redundancy packages - were delivered with their evening meal, a slice of pizza.

He said: "We're obviously disappointed but we kind of expected this.

"It's not going to deter us and we're not going to leave.

Worker inside sit-in

The workers have spent more than a week inside the factory

"We're not doing this for us now, we're doing this for everybody else."

Vestas said: "Since the occupation began on Monday 20 July, Vestas has made several attempts to encourage the employees participating in the occupation to discontinue their participation.

"Vestas has also explained to the employees concerned the potential consequences of their actions if they were to refuse to discontinue their participation.

"Today, Vestas therefore, unfortunately, saw no other choice than to dismiss the 11 employees, who the company has positively identified as the employees currently participating in the occupation of the factory."

On Wednesday, the company will make an application at Newport County Court for a possession order to remove the protestors from the factory.

Protesters said about 25 workers were occupying the office of the Danish company's factory.

Climate rally

Meanwhile, campaigners were holding a rally outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change in central London on Tuesday evening.

The Save Vestas Rally has been organised by the Campaign against Climate Change (CACC) and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

They were calling on the government to spend more on green energy.

On Monday, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband spent more than an hour talking to Vestas protesters when he visited Oxford.

The visit coincided with the government announcing a £6m grant for Vestas' research centre, which will be based at Newport.

Mr Miliband told the BBC he was "very sorry for the people who may be losing their jobs in the Isle of Wight".

He went on to say the "£6m to help Vestas build a research and development facility into offshore wind should employ around 150 people".

How incredibly shitty this predicament is!

But wait: Brown unveils £100bn renewable energy plan

Thousands of new wind turbines could be built across the UK as part of a £100bn investment in renewable energy that could create hundreds of thousands of new "green collar" jobs, Gordon Brown announced today.

The prime minister unveiled what he described as a "green revolution" and "the most dramatic change in energy policy since the advent of nuclear power".

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So what the heck is going on then?

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Guest KingCharles1st

I quite like the idea of Brown having his feet cemented into the ground up to his knees at the base of a wind turbine.

One end of a steel rope is tied round a turbine blade, the other is tied round his testicles

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well if there's money put aside for new projects, hopefully getting work again will be a breeze

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I quite like the idea of Brown having his feet cemented into the ground up to his knees at the base of a wind turbine.

One end of a steel rope is tied round a turbine blade, the other is tied round his testicles

modern art

someone would pay you millions for that

can we have it on the other side of hadrians wall though

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But wait: Brown unveils £100bn renewable energy plan

So what the heck is going on then?

Brown can promise whatever he wants because there is a general election next year and he might not be around to have to follow through on his promises. And if it works and he does get re-elected then he doesn't care, he got elected.

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modern art

someone would pay you millions for that

can we have it on the other side of hadrians wall though

They can name it "The Torment of the British."

or "Courage - Practice what you preach."

or "Grin and Bear it."

Edited by ralphmalph

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Thousands of new wind turbines could be built across the UK as part of a £100bn investment in renewable energy that could create hundreds of thousands of new "green collar" jobs, Gordon Brown announced today.

I think the only "green collars" around here will be the one belonging to the prime minister. The green of the snot running down from his nostrils, the snot goblin :angry:

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Over on LiarsList (much the worse now dolly has gone) Ed Milliband has posted to reassure the faithful ove there and yes you can guess.

He says it is all the Torys fault.

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The Isle of Wight is either Tory or Lib Dem and never Labour. Hence there is no benefit to the gubberment saving these 500 or so jobs. Despite the fact that this is the UK's only wind turbine factory.

I'm not saying they should save any particular factory or jobs if they are not economincally viable, just that they wouldn't bother in a Tory area even if it was the right thing to do.

Part of the problem for Vestas has been local old farts campaigning against the erection (*sniggers*) of wind turbines in the local area. They were concerned about local bat populations, apparently.

In conclusion - most people are selfish shits and rarely do the right thing.

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So what the heck is going on then?

I wonder if Vestas has lost out to competition from other turbine makers like Enercon and Seimens. Ecotricity favours Enercon gearless wind turbines.

Also the biggest future wind energy projects in UK are likely to be offshore - particularly round 3, which are far offshore.

Vestas is a Danish company, so if they win any big offshore contracts, they can make the turbines in Denmark and transport the components most of the way to their installation site by sea.

Edited by blankster

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I believe there is another factory in UK where large wind turbines are made. It's in Scotland and was owned by Vestas until recently but has been taken over by another Danish firm called Skycon. From what I can gather from the net, the intention is to continue building wind turbines.

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