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Save Vestas! Four things you can do

Save UK's only wind turbine plant!

Here are four ways you can help save jobs and sustainable energy at Vestas:

*1. * We need donations of money to our fighting fund! Please send a donation from your organisation, union branch, or trades council, or make a personal donation: cheques payable to 'Ryde and East Wight Trades Union'

22 Church Lane
Ryde
Isle of Wight
PO33 2NB

*2.* Spread the word about the campaign to save the factory, and encourage more people to send messages of solidarity and offers of practical support to savevestas@gmail.com

*3. * Organise a visible demonstration of solidarity - hold a gathering in your town centre, distribute the attached leaflet, collect signatures on the attached petition, make people aware of the dispute. Take a photograph of members of your organisation holding a placard that reads "Save Vestas" and email the photo to savevestas@gmail.com

*4. * Come to the Demonstration on the island in *Newport St. James' Square* (outside Millets)* this Saturday July 11th, at midday*. Show your support for the Vestas workers!

Actions like these are crucial to building confidence amongst the workforce and bolstering the campaign. Every message, every penny, every leaflet and every photo really does count!/

Below is the text to the leaflet, written by the Vestas workers:

"As a wind turbine manufacturer I was confident as the recession took hold that green or renewable energy would be the area where many jobs could be created not lost.

"So I was, along with many others, horrified to find out that our jobs were moving to America. Over 600 jobs from the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth were going to be added to the already poor state of island unemployment.

"This has and will continue to send shockwaves of uncertainty through countless families-many of which are being forced to relocate away from the island.

"I find this hard to stomach as the government are getting away with claiming they are investing heavily in these types of industry.

"I think it's about time they stopped bailing out greedy bankers and started doing what they claim to be doing.

"The people of Vestas matter and the people of the island matter but equally importantly the people of this planet matter.

"I for one will not be brushed under the carpet by a government who is claiming to help us.

"Please show your support for Vestas workers as we try to take our concerns all the way to Number 10."/

The Island, as we know, hangs in a fragile balance, and with the closure of the Vestas wind turbine plant in Newport we will take another step closer to the edge.

For as yet another company succumbs to the recession, 600 workers are soon to find themselves unemployed.

What they need is the support they deserve:

· * SUPPORT THE WORKERS:* Help stop the Island's rising unemployment rate and let these workers and others keep their jobs.

· * SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES: *Help the workers provide for those who still depend on Vestas.

· * SUPPORT THE ECONOMY:* Help keep one of the Island's largest employers and prevent the effect it would have on smaller businesses through its closure.

· *SUPPORT THE ENVIRONMENT:* Vestas provides a clean 'green' energy source. Don't deny the world Vestas' climate saving product.

It may seem small, but your support is greatly needed. This would not just aid us locally, but on a global scale.

*SAVE VESTAS, SAVE THE ISLAND, SAVE THE WORLD*

/savevestas@googlemail.com /

http://www.vestas.com/en/wind-power-solutions.aspx