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.
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
War on Want’s submission to the European Commission’s consultation on investor protection in TTIP can be read here.Add Comment
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. 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.
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War on Want's Council of Management is responsible for guiding the overall direction of our campaigns and partnerships with grassroots movements in the global South, ensuring that funds are used correctly and ultimately holding the organisation accountable to our members.
As a member you can put yourself forward for election to our Council of Management. This is one of the things which differentiates us from other organisations: we are driven by our membership. You don't need to be friends with the rich and famous or have pots of cash in order to put yourself forward. You just need to share War on Want's values and be passionate about fighting inequality and injustice.
At any one time we can have up to a maximum of 12 members acting as trustees on the Council and overseeing the organisation. Members are elected for a three-year term and the Council meets four times a year.
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To find out more about the procedures for putting yourself forward for election to the Council of Management and for proposing resolutions and constitutional amendments, simply click on the links below.
If you have any questions about these procedures or if you need us to send you a paper copy of these documents and forms please email David on email@example.com or call him on 020 7324 5051. The deadline for receipt of any nominations, resolutions and constitutional amendments is 1pm on Monday 2 February 2015.
Please email David with all notifications or send them to David Rudkin, War on Want, 44-48 Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7JP.
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!
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.Add Comment
10 December 2014, Latest news
On Monday 8th of December, as the modern slavery bill passes through the House of Lords, War on Want and others took to twitter to push the Prime Minister to ensure the bill drives companies to tackle forced labour in their supply chains.
War on Want has been working with the CORE (Corporate Responsibility Coalition) to ensure that the modern slavery bill addresses the UK’s impact on modern slavery around the world as well as in the UK.
09 December 2014, Press releases
Press release, Stop TTIP, Thursday 04/12/2014
Self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative against US and Canada trade deals tops a million signatures in record time
Media alert ***Photo stunt, Brussels*** Jean-Claude Juncker to receive a special birthday present for his 60th.
More than a million people across Europe have signed a self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative in the last two months opposing trade deals between the European Union and North America. The campaign, run by the Stop TTIP coalition, is supported by more than 320 civil society organisations, trade unions and consumer watchdogs from 24 EU Member States.
Campaigners say that the controversial trade deals, known as TTIP and CETA, would give unprecedented power to international corporations and thus threaten to overrule democracy, the rule of law as well as environmental and consumer protection. The treaties would allow governments to be sued by corporations before private arbitration boards if their laws or policies damage the company's profits.
John Hilary, a member of Stop TTIP’s Citizens’ Committee commented: “Stop TTIP has collected more than a million signatures in record time. This is especially embarrassing for the European Commission as it has tried repeatedly to block any citizens’ involvement in the way these treaties are being negotiated and what the outcome should be. Jean Claude Juncker should listen to the growing opposition and stop both treaties immediately.”
In mid-July, the Stop TTIP coalition had applied to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) demanding that the European Commission stop the negotiations on TTIP and not to conclude CETA. According to EU rules, an ECI of more than a million signatures can force the European Commission to review a policy and hold a hearing in the European Parliament. However, in early September the European Commission refused to register the ECI, claiming that it was not admissible. Stop TTIP then went ahead with a self-organised version of the ECI and is also challenging the European Commission’s decision in the European Court of Justice.
Susan George, a member of Stop TTIP’s Citizens’ Committee: “The European Union is desperately trying to stifle citizens’ involvement and prevent a critical debate from taking place about these trade deals. We don’t accept this. TTIP and CETA threaten democracy, labour rights, environmental standards and vital public services. Citizens want to have a say in this and they should! One million have already said “No, thanks!” How many more need to speak out before Brussels will listen?”
Stop TTIP announced it would intensify protests in the months to come. The signature collection will be continued and will be accompanied by creative actions and marches. The first of these will take place in Brussels on December 9th, the 60th birthday of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
John Hilary added: “We will deliver a special gift to Jean-Claude Juncker on his 60th birthday: A giant birthday card signed by one million Europeans. Politicians are always calling for citizens to get actively involved in European politics, and here are more than a million people who have done just that. On his 60th birthday, Juncker should blow out the candles on these massively unpopular and undemocratic trade deals that are opposed by people across Europe. One million signatures is just the beginning. We will continue our protest until TTIP and CETA are history.”
We cordially invite you to a photo stunt on Jean-Claude Juncker’s 60th birthday on 9 December 2014, 11am. Location: in front of “Le Barlaymont”, Rue de la Loi 200, 1000 Bruxelles (Brussels). Activists will prepare a birthday surprise party for President Juncker and symbolically present him one million + X signatures against TTIP and CETA. There will also be time for interviews.
More information about the Stop TTIP campaign: https://stop-ttip.org/about-the-eci-campaign/
Reaction to the European Commission’s refusal of the proposed European Citizens’ Initiative: http://stop-ttip.org/eu-commission-wants-to-wipe-out-citizens-involvement-in-ttip-and-ceta/
Free photos from Stop TTIP protests can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eci_ttip/
Press Team Stop TTIP, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel.: +49 30 420 823 79 (Germany), Mobil: +49 178 816 3017 (Germany). Please get in touch for questions about the campaign and to be put in contact with interviewees in various EU Member States.
Susan George, President of the Board of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam (TNI) and Honorary President of ATTAC-France, Tel: +33 1 4548 4801 (France)
John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, Tel: +44 7983 550727 (United Kingdom)Add Comment
28 November 2014, Latest news
The International Labour Organisation estimates that globally 21 million people are subject to forced labour, trafficking and modern slavery which generates annual profits of $150 billion.
The government introduced the modern slavery bill to tackle this in the UK by clarifying the law, and creating a Modern Slavery Commissioner. War on Want has been working with the CORE (The Corporate Responsibility Coalition) to ensure that the modern slavery bill addresses the UK’s impact on modern slavery around the world as well as in the UK.
War on Want’s work with partner trade unions and workers’ groups around the world shows how many UK companies profit from the modern slavery that takes place in their supply chains. It is important that the bill tackles not just those committing the crimes, but also those profiting and creating the conditions for modern slavery.Add Comment
24 November 2014, Latest news
This weekend hundreds of international supporters gathered in London, New York, Chicago and Budapest to demonstrate against the killing of housing activists in South Africa. During the past 18 months, three housing activists from the shack dweller movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, a long standing partner of the British anti-poverty charity War on Want, have been assassinated. To date not a single person has been held responsible for any of these deaths. In London, War on Want, together with the Abahlali baseMjondolo UK Collective, have initiated a series of solidarity actions, including a letter to the High Commissioner of South Africa (www.waronwant.org/stopthekilling) that call for the right of people to engage in activism that is free of repression, a formal inquiry into the murders, and peaceful dialogue between housing activists and local, national and provincial authorities. The signed petition will be handed in at South Africa House in London, later this month.Add Comment
14 November 2014, Latest news
With workers about to strike at thousands of Walmart stores across the US, the political heavy-weights behind Walmart and GAP’s attempts to discredit the Bangladesh Safety Accord have been revealed.
An American news source has revealed that the lobbyists Albright Stonebridge were behind efforts to push the much weaker Bangladesh Safety Alliance to US politicians. Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State, is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group which describes itself as “strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm”. The Accord and the Alliance were both a reaction to the Rana Plaza disaster where over 1100 garment workers died spurring hundreds of thousands of people to take action in outrage.Add Comment
14 November 2014, Latest news
Across the globe, street vendors and their organisations will be marking International Street Vendors Day with celebrations and calls for greater recognition and rights for informal traders. The day was first set aside in 2012 by international street vendor organisation, StreetNet, as a day of recognition for the contribution made by street vendors to national development and awareness raising.
War on Want has been supporting street vendor representative organisations in Zambia and Kenya for many years. Through its long standing partnership with the Alliance of Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA) and the Kenyan National Alliance of Street Vendors and International Traders (KENASVIT) there have been substantial gains made for informal traders in both countries.
11 November 2014, Latest news
This weekend shack dwellers' movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, a long standing partner of War of Want, held a march of over 2,000 people through the streets of Durban, South Africa. The march was held to highlight the violence faced by housing activists at the hands of police and local authorities as well as the corruption involved in the allocation of social housing in the city.
10 November 2014, Press releases
On Monday morning the Stop TTIP coalition, consisting of over 300 civil society groups from across Europe, are filing a lawsuit against the European Commission at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The lawsuit relates to a decision that was made by the Commission to block a ‘European Citizen’s Initiative’ (ECI) on the controversial EU-USA trade deal known as TTIP and a similar deal with Canada (CETA).Add Comment
05 November 2014, Latest news
As Sri Lanka celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights - the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair - around 4,000 fisherfolks, agricultural and plantation workers and citizens joined hands with farmers to form the Seed Caravan for Food Sovereignty, organised by War on Want’s long-term partner MONLAR (the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform) and other grassroots organisations. The Caravan toured the country for 6 days from North, East to South and culminated in a March of 600 people to bring demands for food sovereignty to the Government in the capital Colombo.Add Comment
23 October 2014, Latest news
Last week hundreds of food lovers, food growers, food justice campaigners, artists, researchers gathered to participate in events and activities organised throughout the UK as part of the Food Sovereignty month. The focus this year was on the source that feeds us all: the seed.
Seed is life. Almost all the food we eat started as a seed. Control over seed is control over the first link in the food chain, but also beyond the whole food system to biodiversity and therefore life itself.
For centuries farmers have selectively bred plants by seeking out the seeds of the plants with the most desirable characteristics. These natural seeds planted year on year become highly adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, and represent the great biodiversity our planet enjoyed until…..Add Comment
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