“I got three hours’ sleep out in the open on a roundabout. It was well worth it to support these brave workers.” Four years on – remembering Rob Windsor

“I got three hours’ sleep out in the open on a roundabout. It was well worth it to support these brave workers.”

Four years on – remembering Rob Windsor

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Comrade Rob Windsor

Today marks four years since the passing of Socialist Party member Rob Windsor.

Rob, who died in 2012, was a well known stalwart of Militant and the Socialist Party playing a leading role in innumerable campaigns over the years, not least the monumental anti-Poll Tax campaign which helped to organise millions of people to defeat the tax and Thatcher.

He was also an elected Socialist Party Councillor in St Michael’s ward in Coventry, a position he used with fellow Socialist Councillors Dave Nellist and Karen McKay to further the interests of ordinary people in Coventry and further afield.

Rob was an incredible Socialist, Marxist and human being, he continues to be sorely missed but at the same time he will inspire us all to continue to fight for socialism and against this rotten capitalist system.

As part of the fourth anniversary since his death, we reproduce an article from the Coventry Telegraph. It is a report of Rob visiting the occupation of Vestas workers on the Isle of Wight in 2009. Rob made the journey down there to support the workers in their struggle, donating money from his Councillor’s expenses and as the report says, sleeping on a roundabout!

Rob will continue to be missed by many people, but we will continue the struggle that he dedicated his life to. Click here to join us!

Article by Les Reid – original can be viewed here

Coventry councillor sleeps on roundabout to support protesters

A COVENTRY councillor visited the Isle of Wight to support workers occupying a wind turbine factory in protest at 600 job losses – and slept on a roundabout.

Socialist councillor Rob Windsor (St Michael’s ward) travelled to Newport at the weekend to the factory owned by the Dutch Company Vestas.

Despite a reported increase in orders, the company still wants to close it. The occupation by its employees has hit the national headlines.

Coun Windsor spent Saturday night at a camp of trades unionists and climate change activists and donated £50 of his council pay to the cause.

He said: “The management caved in a bit and allowed the 25 lads their first hot meal in a week on Saturday.

“I got three hours’ sleep out in the open on a roundabout. It was well worth it to support these brave workers.”

He added: “The government talk the talk about green energy but are not prepared to walk the walk when it comes to looking after the jobs of those who build the means to make it.

“The company say it’s not just a case of subsidy, but this shouldn’t be about subsidy. If the government is prepared to nationalise banks it should nationalise this factory tomorrow.”

The company was yesterday expected to go to court to evict the occupiers, but Coun Windsor says the occupation is likely to continue.

Coun Windsor urged people to send messages of support to savevestas@gmail.com.

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St Michaels Socialist News – Charterhouse Fields Update

St Michaels Socialist News

January 2014

CHARTERHOUSE FIELDS UPDATE

Village green put on hold

 Shortly before Christmas former Cllr Dave Nellist, on behalf of the Charterhouse community, asked the City Council to defer any decision on the legal status of the Charterhouse Fields.  As long-standing residents will know Dave had made an application on our behalf for a “Village Green”. This was to give us legal protection for our community’s continued use of the Fields and to limit the expansion of Blue Coat’s control of the park.

The new Blue Coat Academy uses part of the area as a playing field.  Despite huge opposition from the local area, it was granted a formal lease from the Council in 2011 gaining new legal powers over land.  The Village Green application was seen as the only way to maintain our community access and prevent further development on our local fields.

Plans for a new Heritage Park

As a result of the successful ‘holding operation’ of the Village Green application, things have moved on. The strength of the residents’ organisation and the work done over a number of years by Socialist councillors paid off.

When the Charterhouse building itself was being disposed of by City College, working together we halted that sale.  Now the fields around the Charterhouse could form part of much wider proposals for a large Heritage Park being worked up by the Charterhouse preservation trust.

The determined campaign by residents supported by work of Socialist councillors was key to all that coming about – without them there was a real risk that the Fields would now be lost to us.

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Proud of this local community

Former Councillor Dave Nellist, told us:

“I am proud of the way this local community stood up for itself.  And because of residents’ principled stand the relationship with Blue Coat has started to improve over the past year.  The ambitious plans now for a fantastic new park centred on the River Sherbourne and The Charterhouse could benefit everyone.  There are serious proposals to relocate the school’s use of playing fields to south of the railway line. I am still working with local residents in a positive manner on these plans.  It seems only right that we defer consideration of the Village Green application to see whether those plans can be delivered.  

 But the Village Green application hasn’t gone away, merely put on hold. And if there is any threat to local people’s continued enjoyment of the marvellous mediaeval heritage of the Charterhouse Fields then, working again with local residents, we can and we will carry on down the Village Green route. Whilst the Council in the past often ignored what local people wanted, this issue of the Charterhouse Fields has shown that residents and socialists working together is the best defence to the real threat of the loss of green space we can all enjoy.”

Lets keep up the good work together!

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