Monday, October 18

Hundreds of people protest against the closure of the Vestas factory and the “death” of the Lugo region of A Mariña

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Viveiro (Lugo) this Saturday to show their support for the workers of the Vestas factory, which the company has announced that it will close this year. It has submitted an extinct employment regulation file (ERE) for the 115 workers at the facilities. The demonstration this Saturday has demanded the continuity of the plant, which manufactures wind energy components, and has called for the “death” of the A Mariña region, where the Alcoa plant is also located, whose future remains unclear.

Vestas will close the Viveiro (Lugo) wind generator factory this year, with 115 employees

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The residents of Viveiro have once again clothed the factory’s staff and have toured the streets of the Mariñana town in a protest that started at noon. The president of the works council, David Mariño, has denounced the closure of the plant was announced “without the slightest alternative” by the company. The decision comes at a time when wind power is registering such an increase in projects in Galicia that residents of several regions have rebelled against the installation of wind turbines.

“We talk that there is a problem at the moment, but it is also a long-term problem,” insisted the union representative, who has warned of the economic and employment impact that derives from the closure of industries in the area and has stressed the uncertain situation of the Alcoa plant in San Cibrao.

“Mariña dies and we need solutions,” he claimed. After the mobilization this Saturday, Vestas workers will carry out another next Tuesday in Santiago. They will depart from As Cancelas to go to the Galician Government headquarters in the San Caetano administrative building, where they will meet with the second vice president and head of the economic area, Francisco Conde. “We need facts, neither more nor less. It is time for the political class to start making a move,” claimed Mariño.

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