Save Vestas Petition (With Links)

Vestas employees have got together to fight closure of the Newport plant.

Save Vestas PetitionThe shocking news of Vestas’ 1900 layoffs in Northern Europe hit the headlines around the world this week and locally it’s expected that around 600 jobs on the Isle of Wight will go when Vestas closes it’s manufacturing plant in three months time.

It’s not hard to see what a massive blow to the Island economy that’s going to be, not just for those who currently work at Vestas but also through the knock on effect to those who supply Vestas.

Given that, it’s not surprising to read in the County Press today that a No.10 petition to help save the jobs has been created and a Save Vestas Facebook group is gathering pace with 1,024 members.

The petition has attracted just under 1,000 signatures to date and is growing steadily with Islanders being urged to pass links to the petition onto friends and family.

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Guardian Comparison
Andrew Simms has an interesting take on the news of the closure in The Guardian today.

Faced with worsening projections for global warming and energy security, learning that the wind turbine maker Vestas will be closing its factory on the Isle of Wight is a bit like hearing that pharmaceutical companies are closing down the production of flu vaccines just as the alert for swine flu goes from level five to full pandemic.

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Friday, 1st May, 2009 10:45am



Filed under: Business, Green Issues, Isle of Wight Jobs, Newport

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Some interestingly named people on that petition. Needless to say, I’ve signed it.


Saw that county press had no link. Why not? What’s the point of writing but not giving any clue how to find it. Dinosaurs.

Wendy V
The planning application for wind turbines on Cheverton Down is still live. I notice it’s been readvertised and the new deadline for comments is 22 May. It strikes me that’s another way to show support. Here’s the link: Interestingly, the anti wind-turbine placards that were so prominent around Brighstone and Shorwell have been disappearing. I’m not sure if that’s due to wind damage (ironically!), realisation that… Read more »
Stuart Jebbitt
says it all – all spin, no action… “Our aim is to make the UK the best place to research, develop and establish new low carbon technologies and green businesses. Part of this is about providing the right stable framework private sector investment and part is about using the government’s resources to complement the market. Recognising that there is a role for both is critical to driving… Read more »