At the hearing in Newport, on 29 July, the judge refused to grant Vestas a “possession order” for the occupied factory, and adjourned the case to 4 August.
This is the news that the workers currently occupying the factory’s offices have been waiting for.
On July 20th 2009, workers from the Vesta factory on the Isle of Wight occupied their factory in protest at the company’s decision to close the factory.
Vestas is the only manufacturer of wind turbines in the UK. The factory’s closure would see 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.
Around 200 people have now gathered in protest and solidarity outside the factory gates. More are expected to join them over the weekend after Mendip District Council forced the cancellation of the Big Green Gathering, a festival widely attended by green campaign groups.
Several protest have taken place around the country in solidarity with those currently occupying the Vestas building.