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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2009

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A few weeks ago some of the 600 Vestas workers who were made redundant from their jobs manufacturing wind turbine blades, decided to take militant action and occupy the factory. While the Vestas factory itself constituted the main hub of activity, an environmentalist and supporters' campsite mushroomed on the so-called 'Magic Roundabout'.

Nadine Houghton, Battersea and Wandsworth trades council

Now, however the 'magic roundabout' is less magic, more ghost (tent) town. As Climate Camp loomed, interest from the environmental activists waned. But the workers and other key campaigners remain.

Thursday 17 September will be a national day of action in support of Vestas, with people coming out on to the streets to show solidarity with the redundant workers and against the loss of 600 green jobs.

The South London Vestas Support Group, established by Battersea and Wandsworth trades council is organising a lunchtime lobby of the Department for Energy and Climate Change at 12.30pm followed by an evening demo from 5.30pm. Come and show your support - remember the theme is green - so wear something green! For more info: nadine@bwtuc.org.uk or 07946 172 461.

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