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Indigenous leaders & activists visit London this week to challenge BHP over devastating of communities

16 October 2017 - 2:15pm

From the frontline of the movement for environmental and social justice, our visitors will speak out about the destruction caused by BHP from the Samarco dam disaster in Brazil to forced displacement around the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia and share their stories of resistance. We will be co-hosting a series of events, visitors will be available for media interviews and on 19 October they will be protest outside the BHP annual general meeting. 

Parliament to be ‘shut out’ of post-Brexit trade deals

11 October 2017 - 2:45pm

Trade Justice Movement response to Trade White Paper

The Trade Justice Movement has welcomed the government’s recognition in its trade white paper, released yesterday, of the need for trade policy to be “transparent and inclusive”. However it has criticised the government’s commitments so far as woefully inadequate, in particular the lack of any clear role for parliament in scrutinising trade deals.

Sports Direct: Workers Still Exploited

6 September 2017 - 11:45am

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Responding to Unite the Union’s finding that Sports Direct has failed to keep its commitments to take workers off precarious contracts and offer workers guaranteed hours and permanent employment, Owen Espley, Labour Rights campaigner, War on Want said:

G4S abuse a symptom of larger injustice: arbitrary detention

5 September 2017 - 10:45am

The vile abuse that was exposed in the BBC Panorama footage is only a symptom of a larger injustice: the UK’s use of arbitrary detention of people whose only ‘crime’ is seeking safety.

Reaction: Fortress EU is creating conditions for exploitation of migrant workers

10 August 2017 - 12:00pm

Responding to the release of Verisk Maplecroft Modern Slavery Index that exposes modern slavery increasing across the EU, Owen Espley, Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The rise in modern slavery and extreme exploitation of migrants across the EU is an inevitable consequence of “Fortress Europe”. Irregular workers are often afraid to approach the authorities to complain about exploitation through fear they'll be detained or deported, and treated as criminals.

Reaction: Immigration System Risks Race to the Bottom

27 July 2017 - 11:45am

Commenting on The Home Secretary’s article “An immigration system that works for all” [1] and Commission to the Migration Advisory Committee to research EU and European Economic Area (EEA) migration and its role in the wider economy [2], Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner, War on Want said:

Israel's militarisation of Al Aqsa violates Palestinian rights

21 July 2017 - 10:30am

Israel’s militarisation of the Al Aqsa mosque is a clear example of the wide ranging repression facing Palestinians.

New report: HSBC a ‘crucial link in the chain’ of Palestinian oppression says War on Want

12 July 2017 - 12:30pm

Some of the UK’s best known banks and financial institutions are complicit in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people according to a new report by War on Want.

Taylor Review: there’s nothing modern about exploitation

11 July 2017 - 12:15am

 

Tuesday 11 July, 2017

Responding to the recommendations made in the Matthew Taylor Review on Modern Employment, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“Matthew Taylor’s recommendations are toothless and will do little to end the exploitation and abuse of workers. For the most marginalised, women and migrant workers, who are treated as commodities not human beings, this report is a missed opportunity to end the unfair employment practices that blight their lives.

UK government complicit in Saudi Arabia’s war crimes, no matter what the high court says

10 July 2017 - 1:00pm

The court’s decision is dangerous, as it lends added legitimacy to a poorly regulated arms trade that allows for profit to be made from death and destruction, says War on Want.

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