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Protests over only UK wind turbine plant closure

Workers occupied a wind turbine factory in Newport, Isle of Wight last night to protest against its closure.

The protestors are demanding that the government should step in to rescue the plant through nationalisation.


The Vestas wind turbine factory is thought to be the only wind turbine factory in the UK. Vestas announced its closure in April, citing a slowdown in demand

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  • Well Vesta, you could be right. When the UK government cancells the the Thames Array windfarm you will lose contracts for 170 turbines. Siemens will lose the overall contract worth £2 billion.
    If this array was built we in the UK may be awarded the contract to supply sandwiches to the foriegn workers anchored off our shores. Vesta workers in the UK unite with Siemens workers in the UK. British jobs for British workers. Pleare contact your Unions and MP's to show your disgust at this proposed closure. A message to Mr Gordon Brown at No 10 might help. Who knows?

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  • Once again we see the total lack of joined up thinking with this government, one department department expounds the virtues of green technology, whilst another sits back and watches a manufacturer of that technology go to the wall. I urge every reader to partition Number 10 to implement jioned up government and extend a helping hand to one of few manufacturing company's left in this country.

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  • I was incenced by the news of this closure. Vestas would not dare to try this in their plants in the USA. Their government would not allow any further work to be sanctioned without jobs for US workers. Now it appears that riot police have been employed to expel the protestors. No wonder we in the UK are known as the mugs of europe. Corus steel plants to close, yet vast amounts of steel are used in the construction of wind turbines. Over 200 tonnes for each tower. Where are these towers being produced? Corus workers should unite, or are we all mugs prepared to let all manufacturing in the UK be killed off?

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