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War on Want supports the World Day for Decent Work

7 October 2016 - 9:00am

Today is the World Day for Decent Work, an international event that calls on trade unionists, activists and campaigners to fight for decent work. 

Decent work isn't a fantasy. Decent work means a living wage, fair working conditions and the right to join a trade union.

Reaction: A true workers' party would stand with migrant workers and end precarious contracts

6 October 2016 - 3:30pm

“A true 'workers' party' would stand with migrant workers and end precarious contracts. Conservative immigration policy has already turned bosses into border guards. Workers with the threat of deportation hanging over them are unable to demand their rights at work.

Battling Giants: Frontline resistance against BHP Billiton

6 October 2016 - 3:30pm

SPEAKER TOUR: 15-21 OCTOBER 2016

BHP Billiton is the world's biggest mining company. Its record of catastrophic environmental damage and forced displacement of indigenous communities stretches back decades.

Join us for a week of action against BHP Billiton, to hear testimonies from people fighting for their livelihoods and culture in Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia, and plan how we can work together to beat the company.

Liam Fox's TTIP and CETA support shows he has no intention of 'taking back control'

6 October 2016 - 12:15pm

Little noticed at this week's Conservative Party conference was the news that international trade secretary Liam Fox has endorsed the two secretly negotiated trade deals, TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), between the EU and the USA, and the EU and Canada respectively. An edited version of this article was first carried by politics.co.uk.

New report: UK government accused of 'arming repression' in the Persian Gulf

6 October 2016 - 7:15am

The UK government is playing a key role in arming repression throughout the Persian Gulf, making a mockery of any commitment to democracy and human rights. Driving government complicity in state violence in the region is a secret ‘Gulf Strategy Unit’ and a murky network of British officials and corporations operating in the region and focused on trade, oil and 'internal security'.

Theresa May’s workers’ rights review is flawed from start

5 October 2016 - 3:15pm

The prime minister has announced that: ‘Flexibility and innovation are a vital part of what makes our economy strong’ - but flexibility can only ever be code for exploitation. An edited version of this article was first carried by the Independent.

Thatcherism returns: UK councils banned from divesting from occupation

4 October 2016 - 4:45pm

In a devastating blow against democracy, new guidance aims to curb the power of local authorities to make ethical financial choices. A version of this article was published at Middle East Eye.

 

The Case of Arabic Hip Hop 5th Edition

4 October 2016 - 4:45pm

Event date: 15 October 2016 20:00 - 1:00

Location: Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

War on Want is excited to support The Case of Arabic Hip Hop, back for a special 5th edition with an all stars line up from Palestine, Syria, Lebanon & Tunisia!

Social Movement Learning and the Struggle for Social Justice

3 October 2016 - 4:15pm

Event date: 19 October 2016 13:00 - 19:00

Location: Fulton Lecture Theatre B, University of Sussex, Brighton

War on Want, together with Centre for International Education (University of Sussex), Institute of Education (UCL), Red Pepper and the Transnational Institute, will be hosting an event on Social Movement Learning and the Struggle for Social Justice. 

Precarious contracts lie at the root of Asos's appalling treatment of workers

30 September 2016 - 3:15pm

A new report says Asos warehouse staff are unable to take toilet breaks and are being fired for having panic attacks. Asos has a serious case to answer when it treats workers in this way. Precarious contracts lie at the root of this abuse, with bosses holding all the power workers are too afraid to challenge appalling treatment for fear of losing their job. 

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