'It's Not Too Late To Save England's Last Wind Turbine Plants' Says Unite

Unite the union is urging the government to work with management at Vestas to save England's only wind turbine manufacturing plants at the Isle of Wight and Southampton which are to close on Friday 24 July, with the loss of 625 jobs and the transfer of production to China and the US.

Unite is supporting Vestas workers in their fight for their future. Not only will 625 workers lose their jobs; the effect on the local community will be devastating. It is not easy for an Island economy to recover from such a serious blow, with up to a quarter of the manufacturing jobs on the island threatened.

If the government is serious about meeting its legally binding target on renewable energy and climate change, and meeting last week's pledge for 400,000 green jobs, it needs to take action to save England's only wind turbine manufacturing capacity.

The UK has the best 'wind resources' in Europe but currently generates just five per cent of electricity from this source, less than most other large economies. The government is legally bound to increase this to 35% by 2020, which will mean a huge market for the type of products currently being made on the Isle of Wight.

John Rowse, Unite National Secretary for Manufacturing, said: "It is not too late to save these plants. If the government addresses the blockages in the planning system to counter the 'Not-in-my-back-yard 'brigade then there will be massively increased demand for wind turbines.

"We urge the government to match its green rhetoric with action to support green jobs, saving Vestas would send out a clear message that it is serious about saving the environment as well as supporting UK manufacturing."


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

27 July 2009
Extra £1bn Pledged For Wind Farm Programme
Three UK-based banks start work today with the European Investment Bank (EIB) on a programme to lend up to £1 billion to onshore wind farms over the next three years.
18 December 2003
UK announces 'largest ever' green energy strategy
The largest ever expansion of renewable energy "anywhere in the world" has been announced today which aims to power more than one-in-six British households by 2010. The 15 new offshore wind farm sites will produce enough electricity for four million homes, the government said.
16 June 2011
Met Office Team To Maximise Wind Energy
Met Office experts will be presenting new ways to maximise wind farm investment at wind energy conferences in Scotland this week in light of the volatility of wind resource over the last year. Weather patterns, and crucially wind speeds, underpin the success for this type renewable energy.
21 July 2008
Europe's Largest Wind Farm Given Green Light
Plans to build Europe's largest onshore wind farm have been given the green light. Scottish Ministers have approved plans for the 152-turbine Clyde wind farm near Abington. It is reported that the machines will stand 163 metres tall from base to blade tip and will be the biggest land-based turbine in Europe.
16 January 2013
Paperless NHS 'Could Save Billions'
A paperless NHS could save billions of pounds a year, a report has suggested. The report by PwC has lead to health secretary Jeremy Hunt to say he wants the NHS to be paperless by 2018. In a speech to the think tank Policy Exchange, Mr Hunt will say a first step is to give people online access to their health records by March 2015.