Badges

bdg18. Free the South African Railworkers

Four railway workers were sentenced to death after a strike by employees of the South African Transport Service in 1987. They were alleged to have taken part in the killing of four non-strikers. This badge was produced by the Joint Campaign against the Repression of Trade Unionists, set  up by the AAM and leading British trade unions to campaign for the release of South African trade unionists.

bdg48. ‘Solidarity with black workers’

The AAM campaigned in Britain for support for black workers in South Africa, and especially for the recognition of independent trade unions by British-owned South African companies. This badge was distributed among British trade unionists.

bdg01. AAM badge

The Anti-Apartheid Movement’s badge was first worn by people protesting against the Sharpeville massacre outside South Africa House in March 1960. 

bdg02. Isolate South Africa. Fight Apartheid!

Badge produced for the the AAM’s campaign for the boycott of South African goods, relaunched by a fortnight of action, 16–30 June 1980. 

bdg10. UN435 Free Namibia Now

In 1978 the UN Security Council passed Resolution 435 setting out a plan for transition to Namibian independence. After ten years of negotiations between the Western Contact Group of five UN Security Council members and South Africa, agreement was reached on implementation of the plan in December 1988. Namibia held democratic elections in November 1989 and celebrated its independence on 21 March 1990.