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War on Want's partner the National Garment Worker’s Federation receives a prestigious Human Rights Award

30 September 2014, Latest news

Amirul Haque Amin at at rally

Amirul Haque Amin, president of NGWF, will receive the prestigious City of Nuremberg Human Rights Award as a recognition of his and NGWF's struggle to improve the rights of garment workers in Bangladesh. Most especially this is a recognition of NGWF’s important work to make international garment giants such as H&M, GAP and ASDA/Walmart accountable for working conditions in their supply chains, where workers toil for long hours under often dangerous conditions, not earning a living wage and lacking fundamental union rights.

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Leaked documents reveal EU-Canada trade deal a ‘sham’

24 September 2014, Latest news

Canada Europe flagTrade justice campaigners today branded any suggestion of a conclusion of EU-Canada trade negotiations a 'sham' and a 'PR stunt', as internal documents reveal outstanding disagreements between the European Commission and EU member states over controversial new powers for foreign investors.

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Leaked documents reveal EU-Canada trade deal a ‘sham’

24 September 2014, Press releases

Trade justice campaigners today branded any suggestion of a conclusion of EU-Canada trade negotiations a 'sham' and a 'PR stunt', as internal documents reveal outstanding disagreements between the European Commission and EU member states over controversial new powers for foreign investors.

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Tags: CETA | Europe | trade justice | TTIP

   

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Vince Cable letter to MPs on TTIP: a point-by-point refutation

23 September 2014, Latest news

War on Want members and supporters have been contacting their MPs to protest about the dangers of TTIP, the EU-US trade deal that threatens to undermine jobs, public services and our democracy itself. Now MPs have been contacted by Vince Cable, the Secretary of State responsible for the negotiations, with a letter trying to downplay our concerns. The letter (which can be downloaded from this page) is a wilful misrepresentation of the truth, and we have been asked to provide a blow-by-blow refutation of his claims.

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Tags: campaigns | trade justice | TTIP

   

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Tesco challenged on ethics in global supply chains

22 September 2014, Latest news

Tesco was publicly challenged today over its abuse of suppliers around the world, as the company reeled from the crisis brought on by its overstatement of £250 million in profits. Watch this clip from Channel 4 News as John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, challenges Tesco over its unethical treatment of suppliers and warns of the consequences of any new supermarket price war.

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Tags: campaigns | fighting supermarket power | superrmarkets & sweatshops

   

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TTIP - download our free PowerPoint presentation

19 September 2014, Latest news

Picture1 We've been getting a lot of calls here at War on Want HQ from you, about TTIP.

You're telling us how enraged you are about this corporate power grab, the effect it will have on jobs, rights and the NHS.

You're telling us you want more resources to help you mobilise resistance around the UK.

So we've put together this presentation. We hope it's useful! We've been inspired by how many of you have been moved by the injustice TTIP will bring.

If you haven't heard about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, you can read about it here.

Together, we can stop TTIP!

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Sarath Fernando: “A Better World is Possible”

18 September 2014, Latest news

Sarath amended 2War on Want is profoundly saddened by the death of Sarath Fernando, the founder of one of War on Want’s long term partners in Sri Lanka, the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR). We would like to send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and comrades.

Sarath was an ardent defender of social justice and the concept of food sovereignty as well as a great thinker and writer.

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Report Back: Don't Mention The Garment Workers

12 September 2014, Latest news

On Friday 12 September 2014, as London Fashion Week Started we took action to London Fashion Week tells a story of fashion that keeps the dark side of the industry in the shadows.

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‘Don’t mention the garment workers’

12 September 2014, Press releases

NEWS PEG:  Friday, 12 September 2014   London Fashion Week opens

Protesters today are taking action to mark the opening of London Fashion week with the message “Don’t mention the garment workers”.

Activists are highlighting an event which, they say, promotes the creativity of the UK’s fashion industry, but is silent over the millions of workers who produce clothes for high street chains, often working long hours on poverty pay in unsafe conditions.

The demonstration, organised by the anti-poverty charity War on Want, is taking place in view of London Fashion Week’s opening nearby at Somerset House.

Just before the catwalk shows begin, campaigners are sending the message to London Fashion Week “Don’t Mention The Garment Workers”.

War on Want senior campaigner Owen Espley said: “London Fashion Week is a glittering showcase for the fashion industry. But fashion’s dark side is kept in the shadows.

“The British Fashion Council would rather we all forget about those who often work long hours, on poverty pay, in unsafe conditions to produce the clothes we love.

“We can love fashion, but hate sweatshops and want a fashion week that lives up to its responsibility to all the workers who make the fashion we buy. The time has come for London Fashion Week to mention the garment workers.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

  • All major UK brands who are members of the Ethical Trading Initiative have signed a pledge to pay workers a living wage. None currently does so.

  • London Fashion Week is promoting itself as big business, stating that orders estimated at £100 million will be placed  during  the event. This is enough to pay a month’s wages for 2.4 million Bangladeshi garment workers who earn a mere £42 each month.

  • The minimum wage for clothing factory staff in Bangladesh – where brands such as Primark and Next source clothes – is only £42 a month.
  • The protest comes only days after Primark’s parent company, Associated British Foods, announced over £600 million operating profit for the fashion chain in the year to 13 September.

  • It also follows hard on the heels of Next reporting £324 million profit in the six months to the end of July.

  • In addition, the demonstration will raise concerns over garment workers in developing countries toiling up to 14 hours a day, large numbers of them suffering physical and verbal abuse, besides living in slum housing.

CONTACT

War on Want media officer Paul Collins

(+44) (0)20 7324 5054 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

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Don't Mention The Garment Workers

12 September 2014, Latest news

Tansy Hoskins the author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion has written this guest blog about why she and War on Want have decided to send the message to the London Fashion Week "Don't Mention the Garment Workers"

Twice a year London is enveloped in the glittering spectacle of London Fashion Week – a giant sales show generating over £100 million in orders for some of the biggest corporations in the world.

It is at London Fashion Week, along with parallel events in New York, Milan and Paris that the story of fashion is created. Fashion is sold as aspirational, glamorous and inclusive, a way of creating an identity, of making your mark upon the world. The models strut, the clothes swish, the cameras flash and the front row gasps.

But something is missing. The hemlines are perfect, the makeup is flawless, the music is pumping – so what can it be?

The missing are the millions of people hidden behind this façade. The 1,138 Bangladeshi garment workers killed at Rana Plaza, the 6 Cambodians shot dead for asking for a pay rise, the Pakistani workers burnt alive in their factory, the Haitians trapped in poverty wages.

Fashion Week deliberately obscures these stories, it demands you look away, that the only thing you gasp at and connect with is the runway. It demands that you forget the billions of pounds in corporate profit, that you forget about what fashion does to the planet, that you ignore your misgivings about over consumption and that you forget about the people that stitched the clothes on your back.

With the distinction between high street and high fashion shrinking and with ‘designer‘ profits increasingly dependent on perfume, cosmetics, t-shirts, jeans, and accessories, the entire industry needs to take responsibility and become accountable for it’s actions.
This is our city and we want the truth told. It’s time to stop pretending they don’t exist. It’s time to talk about the garment workers.

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European Commission rejects a citizens' petition against the EU-US trade deal (TTIP)

11 September 2014, Press releases

The European Commission has today rejected a proposal from an alliance of European campaigners to hold a European Citizens' Initiative against the EU-US and EU-Canada trade deals (known as TTIP and CETA). This decision prevents citizens from forcing the Commission to review its policy on the deals and to hold a hearing in the European parliament.

Negotiations on TTIP and CETA deal have provoked strong opposition across Europe, the US and Canada. Campaigners fear these treaties will give unprecedented power to multinational corporations, risking privatisation of public services and dilution of environmental standards and workers’ rights. To express this opposition, over 200 trade unions, social justice campaigns, human rights groups and consumer watchdogs applied for a European Citizens’ Initiative to force a re-think on the deals. 

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Tags: trade justice | TTIP

   

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At the Frontlines: A night of poetry, music and politics

11 September 2014, Latest news

See photos from our inspirational 'At the Frontlines' event at the British Academy. With live music and performance poetry, the evening highlighted the struggles of War on Want's partners in Nigeria, Palestine and Colombia.

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Mobilisations in Colombia and London over violence against communities in Buenaventura

28 August 2014, Latest news

Activists in Colombia and London took to the streets this Wednesday 27 August to highlight the ongoing violence and mass displacement occurring in the Colombian port city of Buenaventura.

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G4S profits from illegal child imprisonment

12 August 2014, Press releases

The world’s largest security company, G4S, today faces growing pressure to end complicity in Israel’s torture and ill-treatment of Palestinians, on the eve of the firm announcing its half-year figures.

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War on Want backs protest to halt Israel arms trade

06 August 2014, Press releases

David Cameron faces new pressure to stop weapons deals with Israel, as a charity supports activists who have shut down for a second day a UK factory exporting military drone engines to Israel

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