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War on Want's revamped website: It’s a good ‘un!

1 July 2015 - 4:00pm

War on Want launched a revamped website today. The launch coincides with a new report on Palestine due this week and the 10th anniversary of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Protest as mining elite snub ordinary Africans

23 June 2015 - 3:00pm

As world's mining elite meet in London this week to discuss how best to exploit a continent's resources, the voices of ordinary Africans will not be heard.

European Parliament fails to pass TTIP resolution

9 June 2015 - 3:45pm

The European Parliament has failed to pass a resolution in support of ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

MEPs had been due to vote tomorrow, 10 June, but the vote was called off this afternoon, according to sources in the European Parliament.

The lack of any vote means the European Commission is denied a mandate from parliament on TTIP.

News reaction: Workers to get full compensation from 'Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund'

8 June 2015 - 3:30pm

Finally, two years on since the Rana Plaza disaster, the victims and their families will receive the compensation to which they are entitled.

Two million Europeans say no to US trade deal

8 June 2015 - 10:45am

The European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Stop TTIP’ has reached a record number of signatures on the eve of a critical vote in the European Parliament on whether to support the US trade deal.

G4S slammed for human rights abuses in Palestine

3 June 2015 - 3:45pm

War on Want is protesting tomorrow at the G4S AGM against G4S's continued complicity in human rights violations across the world.

MEPs accused of ‘betraying the European people’ in TTIP vote

28 May 2015 - 2:30pm

epThe voice of the European people was ignored today when members of the European Parliament’s trade committee agreed a resolution backing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for the full parliament to vote on next month.

The vote flies in the face of European public opinion, with almost two million people signing a European Citizens’ Initiative opposing the secretive EU-US trade deal.

British MPs condemn "unacceptable" TTIP threat to environment

10 March 2015 - 12:00am

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) risks starting an “unacceptable” race to the bottom in environmental regulations, a parliamentary committee warned today. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) made the claim in the report of its investigation into the potential impact of the trade treaty being negotiated between the EU and USA.

The EAC warned that TTIP's regulatory cooperation agenda threatens to ndermine the ‘precautionary principle' that is central to protecting the environment and public health in Europe. War on Want has repeatedly warned of the threat posed by the deregulation agenda at the heart of TTIP.

Europe calls on MEPs to reject current TTIP

3 March 2015 - 10:00am

A coalition of 375 civil society organisations from across Europe, including War on Want, Greenpeace and trade unions UNISON and GMB, have today published a joint letter to all MEPs calling on them to reject any EU-US trade treaty that does not serve the public interest. The letter (attached here) addresses MEPs as they prepare the text of a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for adoption by the European Parliament's forthcoming plenary session. It is also published as part of the latest 'TTIP Twitter Tuesday', which campaigners are using to highlight the growing concerns at the threats that TTIP will bring.

Unhappy Meal: €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu at McDonald's

25 February 2015 - 11:30am

Tax structure allowed McDonald's to divert revenue for years, costing European countries over €1 billion in lost taxes between 2009 and 2013.

Today in Brussels, a coalition of European and American trade unions, joined by the anti-poverty campaign group War on Want, unveiled a report about McDonald's deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period, 2009-2013. 

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