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The Workers Beer Company

Hogmanay Edinburgh – Sunday 31st December 2006 – Princess Street

Be part of the biggest street party in the world. The Workers Beer Company is looking for people to come and serve beer at Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party. This is a great opportunity to attend the big event and raise some funds for your project. Why not get together with some friends and come and celebrate the new year and make a difference in your community.

 So heres the deal: The Workers Beer Companys buys into major festivals across the UK (Glastonbury, Leeds, Reading & REM Loch Lomond to name a few) and sells beers at these events. The Workers Beer Company is a not for profit organisation and all monies raised goes back into grass roots development such as trade unions, campaigning causes and community projects all across the UK.

 So how does this work: Well we pay your group to come to volunteer to work  behind our bars at these events, we then write a cheque to your cause for the work your volunteers put in. Over the last 20 years the Workers Beer Company has given over £2 million back to local causes.

 So for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Party here is what you have to do:

•        Get a group of volunteers who are over 18 to work at the event. (You must be able to vouch for your fellow servers who are reliable and trustworthy)

•        Serve a 5 hour shift working behind a bar from 7.30 pm – 12.30am (no experience necessary as all training will be given)

 What do you get in return?

•        We will pay you £13.00 per hour per person who works for us on the evening (double time usual rate is £6.50 per hour)

(for example if you have 10 volunteers who work a 5 hour shift we will pay 10 x 5 hours each @ £13 per hour = £650 raised for you organisation)

•        Provide free transport from Glasgow to and from the event (must be available to leave from 4pm approx on the day)

•        Give everyone who works their shift two complimentry drinks

•        Get free entry into the street party and concert in the gardens

R U Interested: What to do next:

Well we need you to contact James Dean (honest) on the numbers below ASAP as places are limited with the names of your volunteers. Go on you know you want to. Be part of the Big One and make a difference to your community.

James Dean
Workers Beer Company Scotland
183 Glencoats Drive
Tel 0141 848 0955 (evening)
Tel 07787 564 292 (daytime)

About the Company

The Workers Beer Company raises funds for trades union and campaigning organisations. The Company runs beer tents at large outdoor events, and promotes music festivals and other events to raise money for the labour movement.

Thousands of volunteers from dozens of organisations work in Workers Beer Company bars, pouring and serving drinks to fund the activities of their groups. This last year has seen the total amount raised by Beer Company servers reach nearly £2 million, money that goes directly to grassroots organisations - trades union branches, campaigning groups, solidarity organisations and voluntary groups.

Born in the 1980s, the Company grew up in the harsh years of Thatcher, building partnerships with organisations of the left, but also with commercial organisations, in order to generate the funds needed to campaign for a better quality of life for working people.

The Company's unique blend of commerce, fun and fundraising has captured the imagination of the many people who have come into contact with it, and WBC banners are now a common site at some of the largest music events in the UK and beyond. Glastonbury Festival, Reading Festival and Homelands see WBC beer tents every year, and the Fleadh, London's premier music festival, is co-promoted by the Workers Beer Company with the Mean Fiddler organisation.

Apart from the large events, the Company is also involved in smaller trades union and community events, offering its expertise to unions, local authorities and voluntary groups to ensure their events go smoothly.

The Bread and Roses in Clapham is the Company's first pub, an award-winning free house in Clapham, where the ethos of the Company continues throughout the year. Staff in the pub are not volunteers like those on site, but are covered by a model union agreement for pubstaff, negotiated with the T&G, offering staff proper sick pay, holiday pay and perhaps the best wage rate in the country.

The Workers Beer Company is managed by an independent voluntary management committee.

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210