Statement From Vestas Workers on Their Factory Occupation (2009)

1990-2010, Authority, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Occupation, Privatization, Subjectives of Refusal, Tactics of Disruption, The Bourgeoisie, The Workplace, Workers

On July 20, 2009, workers of the Vestas Wind Systems factory in Newport, Isle of Wight, occupied the factory after finding out that more than 525 jobs from both the Isle of Wight and the Southampton factories were moving abroad. In their statement, the occupiers called on the government to nationalize the factory, arguing that keeping it open is necessary for the livelihoods of the workers as well as for the health of the planet.

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