The 'Solidarity Shopping' campaign has been launched to mobilise consumer power in the interests of fairness. Solidarity Shopping is aiming to set up a cooperatively owned online trading web site where firms that treat their workers fairly, display goods and services. The web site will collect a small percentage of each transaction which will be donated to the Global Solidarity Fund. This fund will be used to support workers who are campaigning to get proper pay and conditions.
Next year the trading website www.unionshop.coop will be launched and will feature goods and services from trade union friendly suppliers.
A series of meetings are being held at the end of November in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow to mark the launch of the campaign.
For more information and details of the launch events visit the Solidarity Shopping website.
London public meeting
The London launch meeting of Solidarity Shopping will take place on Thursday, 21 November at 7.00 pm in the Unite Offices, 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn, WC1X 8TN.
Speakers: Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper; Mick Rice, Union Shop UK and Brett McCreadie, CEO, Union Shopper, Australia. Chaired by Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union.
Email mickrice[at]gmail.com to confirm attendance.