boy41. Islington Council Says Don’t Buy South African Goods

Sticker produced by Islington Borough Council in north London asking shoppers not to buy South African goods.

po070. Boycott Products of Apartheid

Poster produced for the campaign for a boycott of South African goods. The text reads: ‘Fruit is mostly picked by black women and children in South Africa and Namibia. 60% of canned fruit and vegetables exported by South Africa is consumed by Britain and the EEC. Watch out for fresh fruit sold under the label of CAPE and OUTSPAN.’

po072. Look Before You Buy. Boycott the Products of Apartheid

Poster produced for the campaign calling for a boycott of South African goods.

po091. Apartheid Kills. Look at the Labels

Poster asking shoppers in Sheffield to boycott South African goods.

pic8601. Portsmouth healthworkers boycott

These healthworkers asked Portsmouth Area Health Authority to phase out the purchase of South African and Namibian produce in January 1986. When the management refused, they refused to handle tinned food from South Africa supplied for patients’ meals. Area Health Authority van drivers and 130 other workers joined the boycott action. They were supported by the public service workers union NUPE, health workers union COHSE and transport workers union TGWU.

boy10. Stop South African Coal!

In 1986 the British National Union of Mineworkers and the AAM launched a new campaign to stop South African coal imports into the UK. Coal imports to Western Europe rose sharply in the mid-1980s. Coal became South Africa’s second biggest export earner after gold. 30,000 copies of this leaflet were distributed to trade unionists at May Day rallies in 1987, asking them to take action to stop the trade.

pic8608. Leafletting shoppers outside Sainsbury’s

Islington AA Group supporters asked shoppers to boycott South African products outside Sainsbury’s in Holloway Road, north London, on 14 June 1986.

boy28. Ask Sainsbury’s to Join the Boycott!

This leaflet was produced as part of a citywide London campaign to persuade Sainsbury’s to stop stocking South African goods. The London AA Committee set up a special boycott group which met Sainsbury’s directors to put the case for a boycott. Sainsbury’s claimed to have reduced their South African products to less than 1 per cent of total sales.