The six remaining individuals occupying the Vestas Wind Turbine factory on the Isle of Wight have been evicted today.
At a hearing in Newport, on 4th August, a judge granted Vestas a “possession order” for the occupied offices and bailiffs moved in today. The workers occupied the building for an impressive 18 days.
On July 20th 2009, Vestas workers on the Isle of Wight began their occupation of the Vestas offices in protest at the company’s decision to close their only UK factory.
Vestas is the only manufacturer of wind turbines in the UK. The factory’s closure brings an excess of 600 jobs lost. This follows climate change secretary Ed Milliband claiming the government’s ‘green revolution’ (haha – ed) will create 1.2 million jobs by 2020.
The roof of a second Vestas building was also occupied by climate activists this week. It is thought that four individuals are currently taking part in the second rooftop occupation of a separate Vestas building on the Isle of Wight.
Several protests have taken place around the country in solidarity with those currently occupying the Vestas building including in Bristol at the Environment Agency and in London at the Dept of Energy & Climate Change. More protests are planned in the coming days (see http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/08/435701.html)