Guest post from Fairtrade society who hosted a fortnight ago….
Fairtrade Society were delighted to host Student Restaurant on the 2nd of March, the first Wednesday in Fairtrade Fortnight; we hope they enjoyed having us!
Fairtrade is principally about Justice, trying to restore dignity, hope and quality of life to producers, who have had those fundamental rights stripped away from them by the Western financial machine and the ugly side of the free market. Too often, we are removed entirely from the people and the work that went into harvesting, refining and preparing what we eat. We are “protected” from the knowledge that our chocolate bars, condoms, bed sheets and roses were produced on the back of starvation, slave labour, people trafficking and greed.
Fairtrade is about guaranteeing that workers have a living wage and basic workers rights; the right to form unions, to sick leave and pay, to holidays. It invests in local communities through premiums that pay for clean water, schools and hospitals. It also guarantees an abuse free workplace; many workers in the third world are physically and sexually abused by managers and overseers and cannot complain for fear of losing their job. Fairtrade is a charitable enterprise but not a charity, it lifts people out of poverty and indignity.
Bristol University Fairtrade Society would like to welcome anyone and everyone to their events! We run a café every Friday using fairly traded and ethical ingredients; find us from 12-2 in the Multifaith Chaplaincy. We also run campaigns and petitions; drop us an e-mail if you’d like to know more (firstname.lastname@example.org). Throughout the year we have a whole host of events; film nights, dinner parties, speaker evenings and would love other societies to come and talk about Fairtrade- again let us know if you’re interested or want to be on the mailing list!
Our Facebook page is here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=93040125082and Fairtrade Foundation’s Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/FairtradeFoundation. Plus our very own Café President runs an ethical fashion twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/CFFashion . She’s followed by lots of important people; Ben&Jerrys, Traidcraft, The Green Party, Friends of the Earth AND Divine Chocolate!
Hope to see you soon