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Nine reasons why unions are important

9 February 2016 - 10:15am

The Heartunions week of action (8‑14 February) celebrates the great work done by union reps and members in our workplaces and in society. 

War on Want supports heartunions week

8 February 2016 - 9:00am

Roses are red, violets are blue, we're in a union - you could be too! War on Want is supporting heartunions, the TUC’s week of action from 8-14 February against the Government's damaging Trade Union Bill.

 

Newcastle City Council opposes government's anti-democratic plan

8 February 2016 - 7:00am

War on Want welcomes the news that Newcastle City Council has voted to approve a motion opposing the government’s latest attack on local democracy. Under new proposals, the government will have the power to veto investment decisions made locally on ethical grounds concerning human rights, arms trade, fossil fuels and much else.

What I didn’t read in the TTIP reading room

7 February 2016 - 5:45pm

Katja Kipping was one of the first German MPs to gain access to the new TTIP reading room opened in Berlin this week, and she has written up a report of her experience. We thought it was well worth reading, so here's a translation.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: An Attack on Democracy

4 February 2016 - 1:45pm

The 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was signed today in New Zealand – against a backdrop of protests on the streets of Auckland.

The TPP is a deal between the USA and East Asian countries, similar to other ‘new generation’ trade deals including TTIP (the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement). It encompasses around 40% of the global economy and has been negotiated in secret for seven years.

While the deal was signed today it is yet to be ratified.

Guns for hire: profiting from war and conflict

3 February 2016 - 4:00pm

Private military and security companies have a long history of profiting from war and conflict. For too long this murky world of ‘guns for hire’ has been allowed to grow unchecked. It's time to ban these companies from operating in conflict zones, and end the privatisation of war.

NEW REPORT: Guns for hire: the return of the ‘Dogs of War’

3 February 2016 - 7:00am

The rise in mercenaries fighting on the front line in conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East is a frightening return of the ‘Dogs of War’, according to a new report published today by War on Want. For too long this murky world of guns for hire has been allowed to grow unchecked. Read the report: Mercenaries Unleashed: The brave new world of private military and security companiesThe time has come to ban these companies from operating in conflict zones and end the privatisation of war.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2016

1 February 2016 - 3:45pm

Check out the exciting events we are hosting for Israeli Apartheid Week 2016.

Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of events taking place across more than 150 universities and cities around the world. Panels, film screenings, and creative actions build support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

 

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