Workers Beer Company

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The Workers Beer Company (WBC) is a trading arm of BWTUC (Trading) Ltd and is a British-Irish business that provides mass catering to bars music festivals in the UK and Ireland. It was set up by and is owned by the Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council. WBC bars are staffed by volunteers and the money they earn is paid directly to the Labour Movement Organisations that send them along and vouch for and take responsibility for their honestly and realiability. The most notable festival that WBC have worked at include Glastonbury Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude Festival, Tolpuddle Festival, Homelands, Festival Internacional de Benicàssim and Womad, as well as smaller concerts and meetings. In 2013 WBC expanded its business into Ireland working for MCD and Festival Republic at Slane, Longitude, Phoenix Park, and in recent times provided Information Stewards at Oxegen as well as cup recycling.

The company also runs a permanent public house, the Bread and Roses, in Clapham, London.

WBC and the trade union GMB set up an ethical clothing company called Ethical Threads that provides mainly promotional t-shirts and sweatshirts, which is now a sponsor of the football club Reading Town F.C.

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