Posts Tagged ‘Anti-Slavery Movement’

List of Workfare Providers in Bristol

May 1, 2014


This is from Bristol Anarchist Federation’s website. It’s a list of all the companies using workfare in Bristol: I’m putting it up just in case anyone wants to exercise their democratic right to protest against the companies exploiting the poor and jobless for their own profit. Again, if you, please be polite and don’t make threats. It’s the system we want to change, not terrorise the innocent. And it will probably by some poor innocent wage slave, who has to deal with abusive phone calls or customers, rather than the managers who greedily accepted the government’s contract.

Or you could simply exercise the personal choice Maggie Thatcher used to bang on about so much, and take your custom elsewhere. It’s been done before. In the late 18th and early 19th century the Anti-Saccherist League was formed by anti-slavery activists to hit slavers and planters where it would hurt the most: in their wallets. The League was formed to boycott slave-produced sugar. It urged the public instead to use sugar from India, which was believed to have been produced instead by free people.

One of the legacies of this movement was the Gollywog on Robinson’s jam and marmalade. Although now rightly held to be a racist image, the Gollywog trademark was originally intended as a symbol of the firm’s to human rights. It was adopted to show that the firm did not use slave-produced sugar. It is a racist image, but the intentions behind its adoption were laudable.

How about one for companies that don’t use workfare?