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Trade deal CETA signed but on the ropes?

30 October 2016 - 9:15am

On the delayed signing today of CETA by European Council president Donald Tusk, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Vicki Hird, Campaigns and Policy Director at War on Want, said: 

“This signing ceremony should be seen for what it is – a promotional opportunity designed to push a toxic trade deal and trade agenda that are in trouble.

Patel’s aid for trade approach is ‘utterly wrong’

25 October 2016 - 10:45am

If International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, really wants to help developing countries, she would push for an immediate abolition of the UK’s own global network of tax havens, which fuel secrecy and corruption, and push for public country by country reporting to tackle the lack of transparency in the global financial system.

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.

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.

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.

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

Monsanto Tribunal - African farmers speak out

13 October 2016 - 9:00am

  • Big agribusiness under the spotlight: Monsanto Tribunal opens Friday 14 October 2016

On the eve of the ground-breaking legal action on Monsanto, our partners NGOMA, a farmers movement in Kenya and the wider East-Africa region, show their support.

The UK government is arming repression in the Persian Gulf

8 October 2016 - 7:00am

The British government is playing a key role in arming repression throughout the Persian Gulf with devastating consequences for democracy and human rights. This article was first carried by the Morning Star.

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.

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