WESTLAND - start peaceful production
On Monday September 13 there will be a demonstration outside Westland
Helicopters in Yeovil to remind local people of the human and
cost of the arms trade and to call for a peaceful economy in the town.
Meet at 8am at the main entrance to Westland, off Lysander Road, Yeovil
(just past B&Q car park).
We will hold a vigil and street theatre performance simulating the
aftermath of a helicopter gunship attack on an Iraqi town. This will be
peaceful, with no violence, property damage or verbal abuse.
Please join us - you could:
* Hand out leaflets/ hold a banner/ converse with workers and the
* Come dressed as a casualty/ medic/ grieving relative/ corpse
* Make banners or placards
* Make realistic dummies/ limbs etc
Contact 0845 456 1321, 01935 863349, or
Westland produces military helicopters for a variety of customers
a helicopter for sale to Africa. At least 90% of production in Westland
military production. Most of the attacks on Iraqi people by the
forces have been carried out by helicopter gunships. Many of these
helicopters were produced by Westland. Westland is owned by
Finnmeccanica, an Italian company which bought out GKN’s 50% share in
the company in May 2004.
After the USA, the UK is the world’s largest arms exporter. These
are heavily promoted. The Government does not leave this to the arms
companies, but actively goes out to sell arms: our military industry
receives support which civil industry can only dream of. Westland’s
profits are guaranteed by the Government under the “Cost Plus” scheme.
money for the company and ensures the supply of weapons for the
The British Government subsidises the arms trade by at least £760m per
- about £30 per taxpayer. This money would create far more jobs in
other, less capital intensive sectors such as renewable energy,
transport, education or health.
Westland employs about 4,000 people. It is Yeovil’s biggest employer and
one of the biggest in Somerset. The decline of engineering means new
options for engineering jobs are needed. At present the trade is very
reliant on the military. The workers, the plant and the premises at
Westland could be of huge benefit to the world if they produced high
quality, environmentally beneficial technology. There is an increasing
need, and a growing market, for cutting-edge environmentally sound,
peaceful technological solutions in transport and energy generation.
There is even a market for civilian helicopters.
Socialist Unity ~ For Internationalism ~ For Peace ~ For Justice ~ For Unity ~