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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'.

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. 

‘Arrogant, anti-democratic’ government ignores results of its own consultation

27 September 2016 - 5:00pm

The government has given itself the power to overrule the democratic process and block local councils from making investment decisions in line with community values. In doing so it ignored 98% of those who responded to its consultation.

Colombia peace: tackling rampant inequality crucial to lasting deal

26 September 2016 - 12:00pm

The central feature of the conflict has always been the rampant inequality, so solving the social, environmental and political problems still present in Colombia rests on the participation of a majority of Colombians, without fear of reprisal. Yet it is worrying that in the wake of the announcement of the end of the conflict, there has been a spike in violence over the last month.

EU-Canada trade deal CETA ‘must be stopped’

23 September 2016 - 2:45pm

CETA is a recipe for economic doom in the EU. MEPs have highlighted that it is now clear that CETA is also a threat to workers’ rights and public services, and that the ISDS ‘corporate court’ mechanism is not fit for purpose. The time has come to stop this deal for good.

UK government block on local councils’ ethical investments 'an attack on democracy'

22 September 2016 - 10:45am

The government’s latest act is an attack on democracy and explicit clamp down on the growing strength of the grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which aims to end government and corporate complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

CETA deal spells economic doom for the EU, new study warns

21 September 2016 - 12:00pm

EU-Canada trade deal CETA will lead to hundreds of thousands of lost jobs, lower wages for workers and will damage trade between EU countries, according to a new study. 

Local democracy under attack

15 September 2016 - 4:45pm

In response to the report in The Daily Telegraph (‘Councils face ban on using public funds to boycott Israel’  13 September 2016 by Christopher Hope) suggesting that a ban – which requires new legislation in Parliament – will be introduced in November to stop Councils using public funds to boycott Israel, Ryvka Barnard, Senior Militarism and Security Campaigner War on Want, said:

Sunday Times article

11 September 2016 - 9:00am

In response to the article in today's Sunday Times (11 September 2016), John Hilary, War on Want's Executive Director, said:

“The Charity Commission has confirmed, exactly as I said on the BBC earlier this year, that it is not taking forward any external complaint against War on Want.

"My decision to leave the organisation was taken many months ago, in view of the fact that I have been at War on Want for 12 successful years. Any implication there is another reason is pure fantasy.”

Notes to editor

It's time for Sports Direct to stand with migrant workers

7 September 2016 - 2:15pm

Sports Direct's AGM has done little to reassure the reatiler's migrant workers.The majority of migrant warehouse staff have only been offered a ridiculously slow move to permanent contracts. It would take 28 years before they are on permanent contracts.

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