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Glean to Feed - Real Junk Food Project - food for you at #TTIPFightback

03 March 2015, Latest news

We're honoured to have the Real Junk Food Project Manchester provide lunch for our participants at our national gathering on TTIP in Central Hall on Saturday 21 March.

The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into healthy, nutritious meals for those in need on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis. They are currently running pop-up events while they get their cafe in Manchester City Centre set up.RJF-logo-500px

5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’, making it hard for them to afford every day essentials, including food. Yet in Britain alone an estimated 15 million tonnes of food wasted from the plough to the plate. Read more food waste facts here

War on Want is a proud supporter of the global food soveriegnty movement. We are really happy to have RJFP at our event!

Our conference is free and open to all but please register now.

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Europe calls on MEPs to reject current TTIP

03 March 2015, Press releases

A coalition of 375 civil society organisations from across Europe, including War on Want, Greenpeace and trade unions UNISON and GMB, have today published a joint letter to all MEPs calling on them to reject any EU-US trade treaty that does not serve the public interest. The letter (attached here) addresses MEPs as they prepare the text of a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for adoption by the European Parliament's forthcoming plenary session. It is also published as part of the latest 'TTIP Twitter Tuesday', which campaigners are using to highlight the growing concerns at the threats that TTIP will bring.

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South African shack dweller movement's plea for their humanity to be recognised and fulfilled

27 February 2015, Latest news

This week South African shack dweller movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo were invited to testify at the South African Human Rights Commission hearings on access to housing, local government and service delivery. In their testimony, Abahlali made an impassioned plea to the Commission for the ANC-led government to treat people like human beings, with dignity. They said that the reason they protest is because it is a call for their humanity to be recognised and fulfilled. The movement, which this year celebrates 10 years of its existence, has a membership of 11,000 representing 22 branches in the province of Kwazulu-Natal.

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TTIP and the NHS: don't be fooled by new BBC 'leak'

27 February 2015, Latest news

The BBC has just published a 'leaked' copy of the EU's initial services offer in the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), along with a new UK government 'reassurance' that the NHS can be protected from the EU-US deal. War on Want's Executive Director John Hilary has written the following rebuttal for 38 Degrees members in advance of their weekend action to Save the NHS.

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Unhappy Meal: €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu at McDonald's

25 February 2015, Press releases


Unhappy Meal sqTax structure allowed McDonald’s to divert revenue for years, costing European countries over €1 billion in lost taxes between 2009 and 2013.

Today in Brussels, a coalition of European and American trade unions, joined by the anti-poverty campaign group War on Want, unveiled a report about McDonald’s deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period, 2009-2013. 

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Report Back: Has Capitalism Killed Fashion?

25 February 2015, Latest news

On Saturday 21 February, War on Want and Brick Lane debates held a day of workshops, debates, films, spoken word, DIY & craftivism, speed debating, & theatre around the question 'Has Capitalism Killed Fashion?' It was a remedy to London Fashion Week which was taking place around London

Click the title to hear more about what took place.

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The reality behind UNIQLO's corporate social responsibility promises

23 February 2015, Latest news

Excessive overtime, low pay, dangerous working conditions, punitive and oppressive management style.

In a new report SACOM reveals the sweatshop practices and labour rights violations belying UNIQLO’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) promises. UNIQLO is a rising superstar in the global fast fashion scene with 861 stores worldwide – including an increasing number in the UK. It is already Asia’s biggest apparel company and Forbes predicts it to pass H&M and Inditex to become the world’s largest clothing company.  Tadashi Yanai, the founder and CEO of Fast Retailing, of which UNIQLO is a subsidiary, was ranked as Japan’s wealthiest man by Forbes in 2013, with a net worth of USD 15.5 billion.

UNIQLO also has a high Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) profile with a Code of Conduct and CSR reports that give the impression of transparency, a careful selection of suppliers, limits on overtime work, a commitment to freedom of association and close monitoring of working conditions. However, undercover investigations by SACOM have found systematic and large-scale labour rights violations in two factories producing for UNIQLO, documented in a report that unveils a completely different reality, with workers producing UNIQLO clothes toiling under inhumane conditions.

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Storify: The #NoTTIP Train to Brussels

17 February 2015, Latest news

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EU trade commissioner presented with giant ears in TTIP stunt

16 February 2015, Press releases

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström was today presented with a pair of giant ears by UK campaigners protesting against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The presentation took place as Malmström addressed a public seminar on TTIP at Europe House, the European Commission headquarters in London.

Activists staged the stunt to highlight the European Commission’s failure to heed public opposition to the EU-US deal, which official estimates predict will lead to the loss of at least one million jobs.

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Tax Dodging Bill Campaign

26 January 2015, Latest news

logo yellowWar on Want has teamed up withover 15 other organisations to campaign for a new law, a Tax Dodging Bill, to help make tax fair.

War on Want has long put a spotlight on companies like Alliance Boots; which together dodge billions of pounds in tax every year.

These corporate parasites suck out profits and leave the rest of society paying the price wherever they operate. They won’t be stopped until the rules are changed. Empty rhetoric won’t do the job.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with over 15 other organisations and to call for a new law, a Tax Dodging Bill, to help make tax fair.

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Government propaganda defence on TTIP

15 January 2015, Press releases

War on Want has been handed four documents sent out by the government chief whip, Michael Gove MP, prior to today's parliamentary debate on TTIP, asking MPs to speak up against 'scaremongering' over the impacts of the secret EU-US deal. In reality, the concerns over TTIP are fully justified and - as we have shown before - the government's arguments are worthless. We attach here the documents as sent out yesterday by Michael Gove. The campaign against TTIP clearly has the government on the back foot, as they realise their attempts to hand over power to transnational corporations are being rejected by the UK public at every turn.

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EU condemned for ‘corporate courts’ in EU-US deal

13 January 2015, Press releases

European public rejects ISDS in EU consultation

The European Commission today faced condemnation for its decision to press ahead with a massive transfer of power to big business in the face of clear public opposition.

The assault comes as the EU reports the results of its public consultation on the inclusion of investor protection provisions, especially the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, within the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The Commission received a record 150,000 responses to the consultation, 99.62% from individuals and 52,008 from the UK.

In publishing the results of the consultation today, the EU admitted that the vast majority (over 97%) of respondents had opposed ISDS.

War on Want Executive Director, John Hilary, said: "The European Commission can no longer be in any doubt as to the strength of public feeling against this transfer of power to big business. Record numbers have said no to the prospect of corporate courts in Europe, yet the EU is still pressing ahead regardless. The TTIP negotiations should be abandoned rather than risk an end to our national democracy."

Hilary continued: "The UK government has a particular case to answer, in that it has led the group of 14 EU governments demanding to keep these new anti-democratic powers in TTIP. David Cameron and Vince Cable are selling us down the river, and they should be held to account."

The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism within TTIP has been identified as a direct threat to democracy, as it would grant transnational corporations the power to sue individual countries directly for losses suffered in their jurisdictions as a result of public policy decisions.

Corporations would be granted the power to challenge democratic decisions made by sovereign states, and to claim compensation where those decisions have an adverse impact on their profits.

In today's report on the consultation, the European Commission accepts: "The collective submissions reflect a wide-spread opposition to investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) in TTIP or in general."

The UK parliament will debate TTIP this coming Thursday, 15 January, in a backbench debate on the motion presented by Geraint Davies MP. 

Notes to editors

CONTACT: War on Want media officer Ruth Tanner (44) (0)20 7324 5053 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

The 140-page EU report on the ISDS consultation is available online here, with accompanying press release here.

War on Want’s submission to the European Commission’s consultation on investor protection in TTIP can be read here

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AGM 2015

06 January 2015, Upcoming events

War on Want is an amazing community of people who make change happen. Our strength as a movement is driven by the participation of our members – thousands of us acting together to fight the root causes of poverty.

TTIP: BUILDING THE FIGHTBACK
War on Want's AGM and annual conference
12 noon – 6pm Saturday 21 March 2015
Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street Manchester M1 1JQ

This year our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 12 noon on Saturday 21 March at Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ. It is open to all members and affiliates to attend. The AGM will be followed by a national gathering on TTIP, the dangerous EU-US trade deal that threatens all our futures. More information on that can be found here.

Our AGM gives you the chance to hear first-hand reports about what has been achieved over the past year, ask questions and vote on any resolutions presented at the meeting. If you're not a member of War on Want you can join us today with a regular donation – click here to set up your membership – it takes just a few minutes.

By clicking on the links below you should find all the information you require about the business of the meeting.  However, should you have any questions or require a paper copy of these documents, then we would be happy to provide it – please call David Rudkin on 020 7324 5051.

War on Want AGM 2015 Timetable

  • Wednesday 25 February 2015 - Second notice of AGM distributed to members and affiliates
  • 12 noon, Thursday 19 March 2015 - Deadline for receipt of emergency resolutions
  • 12 noon, Friday 20 March 2015 - Deadline for receipt of ballot papers
  • 12 noon, Saturday 21 March 2015 - War on Want AGM, Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street Manchester M1 1JQ

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TTIP: the fight is on for 2015

31 December 2014, Latest news

2015 is going to be a crunch year in the fight against TTIP, the EU-US treaty that threatens to undermine our democracy, our jobs and our public services. To prepare for the fight, here's a short presentation from War on Want's Executive Director, John Hilary, outlining the threat of TTIP at the recent seminar held in Stockholm, courtesy of our friends at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Happy New Year!

 

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An amazing year - thank you

24 December 2014, Latest news

It's been an incredible year, and I've been up and down the country talking with people like you, who have been really inspired to make a difference. I'd love to tell you about just some of the victories that you have been pivotal in achieving.

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