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Politics for People campaign launches across EU

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15 April 2014

Today, War on Want is one of a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe launching a campaign to demand that candidates for the upcoming European elections (on 22 May) stand up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business.

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Rogue firms nominated for badge of shame

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08 April 2014

Three of the world’s biggest companies have been shortlisted for a new corporate shame award, to be voted on by the British public next month.

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MPs call on UN to monitor human rights in Western Sahara

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03 April 2014

The UN Security Council must extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission to Western Sahara so that it can monitor and protect human rights, an all-party group of British MPs said today.

The call comes in the report of the first ever British parliamentary delegation to the Occupied Territory of Western Sahara, released two weeks before the UN Security Council’s scheduled debate on the issue.

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Shell blasted amid poverty, conflict

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20 March 2014

Shell will come under fire on Saturday, World Water Day, when a Nigerian campaigner speaks out in London against the Anglo-Dutch corporation exploiting oil, as thousands of people face grim hardship, including lack of running water.

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Tags: conflict zones | Nigeria | overseas work | resources & conflict

   

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Top designer and charity join forces for fashion victims

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07 March 2014

The anti-poverty charity War on Want is joining forces with political activist and fashion designer Katharine Hamnett to step up efforts to protect garment workers making clothes for British high street retailers.

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Tags: bangladesh | campaigns | LFHS | love fashion hate sweatshops | overseas work | rana plaza

   

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Drone "field tested" on Palestinians to fly over UK

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24 February 2014

The Watchkeeper drone, due to fly over British skies this week ahead of trials in Afghanistan, is based on a model that Israel has ‘field tested’ in attacks on Gaza which have left scores of Palestinians dead, including children.

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G4S targeted in Israeli 'apartheid' drive

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24 February 2014

The British security corporation G4S today faces heavy pressure to end its contracts with Israel’s prison system, amid new claims over the provision of equipment to prisons where Palestinians are illegally detained without charge or trial.

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Davos summit: One year on, Cameron has ‘spectacularly failed’ on corporate tax dodging

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21 January 2014

On the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, War on Want's tax justice campaigner Murray Worthy said:

"A year ago in Davos David Cameron famously declared that big business must 'wake up and smell the coffee' at the public outrage over corporate tax dodging and that he would 'look our people in the eye and say that when they work hard and pay their fair share of taxes we will make sure that others do so as well'.

"But he has spectacularly failed in his promise to make these companies pay; despite some tinkering around the edges of tax havens' secrecy at the G8 this summer, the rules haven't changed and the reality hasn't changed. The companies that exploit and abuse the world's tax rules are still able to pick if and when they pay tax, leaving the rest of us footing the bill.

"This week, Cameron will once again be sitting side by side with these ruthless corporate giants in Davos, making sure that he can look them in the eye and assure them that for all his talk last year, he won't be making them pay."

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Tags: tax | tax dodging | tax havens | tax justice | tax not cuts

   

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BloodBricks campaign officially launches

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13 January 2014

Union Solidarity International (USi) in partnership with Prayas, Action Aid Association, War on Want and Thompsons Solicitors (Scotland) are today launching an international campaign to highlight forced, bonded and child labour in the brick kilns of India.

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Cambodian government condemned for violent repression of garment workers

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10 January 2014

  • Campaigners stage protest outside Cambodian embassy in London
  • Workers for brands including H&M, Gap, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Levis demanding £25 a week wage

Today, workers’ rights, anti-poverty and student groups have joined to condemn the Cambodian government’s violent repression of garment workers’ strikes that led to four people being shot and killed by military police last week. The groups staged a protest outside the Cambodian Embassy in London demanding an end to the repression, the recognition of unions’ right to strike and an increase in the minimum wage – the issue that sparked the workers’ protests.

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Tags: cambodia | love fashion hate sweatshops | sweatshops | trade unions

   

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Angela Davis to put G4S in dock

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12 December 2013

The veteran US civil rights campaigner, Angela Davis, will tomorrow launch a scathing attack on the British multinational security corporation G4S over complicity in human rights violations.

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New UK drone ‘field tested’ on Palestinians

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11 December 2013

The new Watchkeeper drone being developed for the UK military is based on a model that Israel has ‘field tested’ in attacks on Gaza which left many Palestinians dead, including children.

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WTO ‘deal’ condemned by trade campaigners

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06 December 2013

Reacting to news coming out of the WTO ministerial conference in Bali today (6 December), John Hilary, executive director of War on Want, said:

“Any suggestion that there is a deal to celebrate from the WTO talks in Bali is absurd. The negotiations have failed to secure permanent protection for countries to safeguard the food rights of their peoples, exposing hundreds of millions to the prospect of hunger and starvation simply in order to satisfy the dogma of free trade. It is time to end the WTO charade once and for all, and focus instead on undoing the harm it has already caused across the world.”

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Osborne tax avoidance reforms ‘tinkering around the edges of a broken system’

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05 December 2013

Responding to tax avoidance measures in the 2013 Autumn Statement, War on Want’s tax campaigner Murray Worthy said:

“Today’s “largest package of measures to tackle tax avoidance”, since the Chancellor’s “largest ever package of measures to tackle tax avoidance” announced in the March 2013 Budget, is yet more tinkering around the edges of a broken tax system to try and grab headlines. These technical tweaks will do almost nothing to stop giant multinationals likes Amazon, Starbucks or Google dodging billions of pounds in tax every year. In fact this government has made it easier for these tax avoiding giants to deprive the government of vital revenue for tackling inequality and funding public services."

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Alliance Boots ‘transactions may have enriched chief at taxpayers’ cost’

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28 November 2013

  • OECD complaint details more than £400 million of related party deals
  • Complaint follows weeks after report cited over £1 billion tax avoidance

As the parent company of Britain’s largest high street chemists Boots opens its pharmacist convention in the tax haven Monaco, new evidence today emerges about the firm’s related party transactions, involving more than £400 million.

These deals appear to have enriched Alliance Boots executive chairman Stefano Pessina at the expense of the company and UK taxpayers.

New research by the anti-poverty charity War on Want and the US labour federation Change to Win has triggered a complaint today with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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