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Controversial CETA trade deal blocked

24 October 2016 - 12:30pm

Canada and the EU have been desperately trying to force a conclusion to the deal in the face of strong opposition in Belgium, where four out of five regional governments are opposed to the deal, echoing concerns in other member states. However, last minute talks have failed with Belgium declaring that it cannot sign the deal and the chair of the EU's trade committee admitting that: "CETA has failed."

CETA deal on the brink of collapse as Canada admits defeat

21 October 2016 - 4:45pm

The European Commission has been desperately trying to conclude CETA this week in the face of stiff opposition across Europe, including within the governments of Belgium, Germany, Poland and others. The Belgian regional government of Walloon has been key to blocking the deal - its Minister-President Paul Magnette has received a hero's reception across social media.

Report praising companies on human rights criticised as 'whitewash'

21 October 2016 - 7:30am

It is not the responsibility of civil society groups to ‘motivate private sector stakeholders’ to respect human rights. We are demanding strong regulation and accountability of the private sector. Why are we providing them with a choice about whether or not to respect human rights? War on Want in the Guardian

New report exposes workers’ rights abuses behind fashion giant UNIQLO’s ‘ethical’ claims

20 October 2016 - 1:00pm

Workers’ rights abuses are rampant in Chinese garment factories making clothes for fashion retailer UNIQLO, according to a new report published today by War on Want. A series of undercover investigations by War on Want partner, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), showed excessive overtime, low pay, dangerous working conditions and oppressive management to be rife in UNIQLO’s supplier factories in China.

TTIP Game Over! Non Violent Direct Action Training in Manchester

19 October 2016 - 4:00pm

  • DATE: Friday 21 October 2016
  • TIME: 6-9pm
  • PLACE: Green Fish Resource Centre, Manchester, M4 1LE
  • COST: Free event

Open letter: 'Oil and Money 2016' is not a conference, it is a crime scene

18 October 2016 - 11:30am

Protesters and representatives from communities affected by the oil and gas industry disrupted the opening of the Oil & Money 2016 conference by staging a climate crime scene. The action was accompanied by an open letter from over 60 authors, performers, activists and organisations including War on Want, Friends of the Earth, 350.org and Global Justice Now. 

Oil and Money conference ‘a kick in the teeth’ for communities in global South

18 October 2016 - 7:00am

As oil bosses discuss their ‘strategies for survival,’ it is patently obvious that the survival of these companies is predicated on the devastation of the environment and with it the destruction of communities in the global South.

‘Oil and Money 2016’ is not a conference, it’s a crime scene

17 October 2016 - 1:45pm

The annual event is a kick in the teeth for the communities of the global South that are being driven off their land and forced to endure the destruction of their environment and exhaustion of their natural resources on which they depend. An edited version of this article was first carried by the Independent.

Democracy side-lined under plans to force though CETA trade deal

14 October 2016 - 10:30am

“It’s a scandal that there is an attempt to force through a vote on CETA by December, taking away the democratic scrutiny that is essential to a deal as wide-ranging and controversial as CETA" says War on Want's Mark Dearn

Colombia: High Court ends trade unionist’s case against BP

13 October 2016 - 10:30am

‘Big Oil’ is a violent business, Colombian trade union activist, Gilberto Torres, knows only too well. Kidnapped and tortured by paramilitaries in 2002, Gilberto was held for 42 days, and released after fellow oil workers shut down pumping stations and refineries, across Colombia, in protest. 

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