Boycott

pic8428. Dunnes shopworkers at County Hall, London

In 1984 a Dunnes supermarket shopworker in Dublin, Mary Manning, was sacked for refusing to check out Outspan oranges from South Africa. Eleven of her colleagues went on strike to demand her reinstatement. In the photograph are Dunnes strikers Cathryn O’Reilly and Mary Manning with GLC members Ken Livingstone and Valerie Wise.

po138. Strange Fruit: Don’t Buy the Fruit of Apartheid

Poster connecting the purchase of South African fruit with lynchings in the American south by quoting the Billie Holliday song ‘Southern trees bear a strange fruit’.

boy40. National Boycott Conference

The AAM held a conference in February 1985 to mobilise support for a consumer boycott month of action in March. The conference included workshops on local authority and trade union action, as well as on campaigning in the civil service and cooperative movement. During March campaigners distributed around three-quarters of a million leaflets in shopping centres  and door to door. The following year a Harris Poll found that 27% of people in Britain said they boycotted South African products.

boy04. 1985 March Month of Boycott Action

The AAM held a month of action in March 1985 to relaunch the consumer boycott of South African goods. Campaigners distributed around three-quarters of a million leaflets in shopping centres  and door to door. The month culminated with a nationwide day of action on Saturday 30 March when AAM supporters picketed over 1,000 shopping centres all over Britain. The following year a Harris Poll found that 27% of people in Britain said they boycotted South African products.

boy05. Don’t Buy Apartheid!

The AAM held a month of action in March 1985 to relaunch the consumer boycott. This multilingual leaflet was produced for the new campaign. AAM supporters distributed around three-quarters of a million leaflets at shopping centres all over Britain asking shoppers not to buy South African goods. Hundreds of thousands of leaflets were distributed door to door. The month culminated with a nationwide day of action on Saturday 30 March with pickets of over 1,000 shopping centres all over Britain. The following year a Harris Poll found that 27% of people in Britain said they boycotted South African products.

boy06. ‘Don’t Buy Apartheid’ postcard

Postcard distributed during the AAM’s month of boycott action in March 1985. The year before, in June 1984, the AAM relaunched the consumer boycott of South African goods to mark its 25th anniversary.

boy07. ‘Don’t Buy Apartheid’ stickers

Stickers distributed during the AAM’s month of boycott action in March 1985. They were designed for anti-apartheid activists to stick on South African products in supermarkets. The AAM relaunched the consumer boycott of South African goods to mark its 25th anniversary in June 1984.

bdg35. ‘I Don’t Buy South African Goods’

Badge produced for the AAM’s Month of Boycott Action in March 1985.