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Government's workers’ rights tsar is 'wrong' on rogue employers and exploitation

5 January 2017 - 10:15am

David Metcalf is wrong to suggest exploitation is limited to rogue employers in the UK: with as many as 4.5 million workers in insecure work, workers increasingly live under constant fear of losing future work, meaning abuse by bosses goes unchallenged.

War on Want supports legal challenge to UK government's pension policy

16 December 2016 - 2:45pm

The government has a serious case to answer when it blocks local communities from taking ethical stances against the likes of G4S, whose complicity in the abuse of Palestinians’ human rights is proven. This week the Palestine Solidarity Campaign applied to take the government to judicial review.  War on Want and Campaign Against Arms Trade provided witness statements to support the case.

Appalling working conditions at JD Sports 'typical of precarious contracts'

16 December 2016 - 11:45am

Reports of appalling working conditions at JD Sports' warehouse are shocking yet unsurprising.  As we have seen before with retailers such as Sports Direct and Asos, this kind of exploitation is typical of precarious contracts where bosses hold all the cards and workers are too afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs.

Will we finally see justice for the Marikana miners?

12 December 2016 - 10:45am

It has been four years since the South African Police Services gunned down almost 150 mine workers, killing 34. The South African Presidency has finally announced that some police officers will be charged for these killings, and that compensation will be paid to the families of those that died.

G4S sells Israeli business but should ‘leave Israeli market entirely’

2 December 2016 - 11:30am

G4S has long profited from Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, its decision to sell its Israeli business shows that boycott and divestment campaigns work. However, G4S remains complicit in human rights abuses through its ownership and investment in the Israeli police academy. If G4S is concerned about human rights, it must now leave the Israeli market entirely, just as Veolia, Orange, and CRH have done.

Priti Patel has 'serious case to answer' over UK aid money

22 November 2016 - 4:30pm

The International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, has a serious case to answer in continuing with the privatisation of aid through the CDC Group. Increasing government support to this overseas private equity firm is a slap in the face for taxpayers whose hard earned tax money is going to fund private business ventures in the global South.

Beware: Trump believes in deregulation, privatisation and profits before people

22 November 2016 - 4:15pm

Trump has an agenda that appears to oppose toxic trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but in reality he believes in deregulation, privatisation, and putting corporate profit before people.

Groups across Europe issue statement on TTIP and Trump: "We can defeat them both"

16 November 2016 - 12:45pm

Trade deals like TTIP and CETA have given oxygen to Trump. The best way to defeat him is to remove that oxygen – to stop these trade deals and build a democratic economy that works for everyone.

Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

2 November 2016 - 9:45am

European and US development funds are bankrolling palm oil company Feronia Inc despite land and labour conflicts at its plantations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). New information now raises questions as to whether the Canadian-based company misused millions of taxpayer dollars destined for international aid by way of companies connected to a high-level DRC politician.

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.

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