Suma Wholefoods is not only the biggest vegetarian wholesaler in the UK; they are also Europe’s largest single pay employer, not bad considering the organisation was started in a front room of a student house in Leeds in the 1970’s and now supplies over 40 countries.
Awarded ‘Cooperative of the Year’ 2014, Halifax based Suma Wholefoods have ethics at the core of all they do.
Manchester Trades Union council is working to implement the TUC’S initiative to establish Unemployed Workers Centres to meet the needs of unemployed people and their communities who are facing the brunt of the Coalition Government’s Austerity programme.
One of the key roles of the trades council is to support local communities. We believe that, through collective action in our workplaces and communities it is possible to beat austerity.
MTUC is working closely with the Greater Manchester Unite the Union Community Branch to develop an Unemployed Workers service in the North, South and Central districts of Manchester. The service will provide support and advice for people experiencing employment, debt, housing, or benefit problems.
A project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, Article 26 takes its name from the Declaration of Human Rights which states that everyone has the right to education and that higher education should be accessible on the basis of merit. With this in mind the Manchester-based project supports asylum seekers wishing to pursue higher education courses. This is necessary because whilst their applications are assessed by the Home Office they are unable to access student finance. As asylum seekers they are also unable to work or access many benefits and yet must cover not just their living costs but overseas student tuition fees which are significantly higher than those capped at £9,000 for UK students.
This Christmas, Paul and Jacqui are teaming up with Trade Unionists to provide a little bit of help for those who make our world a better place. People who go that extra yard in hard times; people who campaign for change, people who are not bullied into silence by austerity and hardships. People who stand up to bullies.
On 12th December 2014, Paul and Jacqui will perform at Manchester Academy 2 along with Golinski Brothers and The Lottery Winners.
We are asking that people who attend the gig bring along a non-perishable food item that we can then give to the Food Banks to distribute at Christmas. A bag of rice, a tin of beans, some toothpaste a deodorant- simple things that people need but are finding it hard to provide for themselves or their families as the Tory government and their allies cut further into the working class by cutting jobs and benefits to help provide tax cuts to their mates.