23 October 2014
Last week hundreds of food lovers, food growers, food justice campaigners, artists, researchers gathered to participate in events and activities organised throughout the UK as part of the Food Sovereignty month. The focus this year was on the source that feeds us all: the seed.
Seed is life. Almost all the food we eat started as a seed. Control over seed is control over the first link in the food chain, but also beyond the whole food system to biodiversity and therefore life itself.
For centuries farmers have selectively bred plants by seeking out the seeds of the plants with the most desirable characteristics. These natural seeds planted year on year become highly adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, and represent the great biodiversity our planet enjoyed until…..Add Comment
16 October 2014
We have received a fantastic message of solidarity from Anton Marcus, Joint Secretary of our partners FTZ-GSEU in Sri Lanka, to all those workers marching in London, Glasgow and Belfast on Saturday 18 October. Since 1982, the FTZ&GSEU has fought against violations of labour rights in the workplace and the government's attempts at suppressing workers' rights and freedom of association. With 16,000 members in 22 branches, the FTZ-GSEU is the largest trade union in Sri Lanka.
We have also had this message from the Centre of United and Progressive Workers, a national labour centre in the Philippines composed of workers in the private, public, informal and migrant sectors. An organisation that is actively fighting for a genuine living wage.Add Comment
15 October 2014
This new video against TTIP, the EU-US treaty that threatens to undermine our democracy, our jobs and our public services, was simply too good not to share. Many thanks to our friends at Agir pour la Paix in Belgium for producing the English version too!
15 October 2014
War on Want supports the call by housing and trade union activists to say “No to MIPIM”. MIPIM gathers the most influential international property players from all sectors for 4 days of networking, learning and transactions. MIPIM infringes on the people’s rights to the city as it takes away democratic access to the city by promoting housing and land use that is privatised and profit-driven for the benefit of the richest 1%, whilst destroying communities and keeping millions in poverty. MIPIM is targeted at around 20,000 bankers, investors, property developers, estate agents, landlords and politicians all of whom are seeking to promote private rents of up to 80% of the market rate. Their push towards global corporate hotel, tourism and leisure operations will see local businesses destroyed and jobs lost. MIPIM also has on its agenda the privatisation of health care in the UK.
War on Want supports the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City; the Radical Housing Network; housing activist groups and trade unions’ calls for housing justice. War on Want believes that all people have a right the city. This right includes people’s right to reclaim, use, shape and remake our urban surroundings. The right to the city is people’s rights to live and work in the city. It is about democratic control over the city, with the right to access, occupy and use urban space.Add Comment
03 October 2014
To mark this week's seventh round of negotiations towards TTIP, the EU-US treaty that threatens to undermine our democracy, our jobs and our public services for ever, Al Jazeera hosted a live debate in its Washington DC studio to explore exactly what is at risk. John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, delivered the case for the prosecution - and it was a lively one! Watch the programme and post-show here:
War on Want's partner the National Garment Worker’s Federation receives a prestigious Human Rights Award
30 September 2014
Amirul Haque Amin, president of NGWF, will receive the prestigious City of Nuremberg Human Rights Award as a recognition of his and NGWF's struggle to improve the rights of garment workers in Bangladesh. Most especially this is a recognition of NGWF’s important work to make international garment giants such as H&M, GAP and ASDA/Walmart accountable for working conditions in their supply chains, where workers toil for long hours under often dangerous conditions, not earning a living wage and lacking fundamental union rights.Add Comment
24 September 2014
Trade justice campaigners today branded any suggestion of a conclusion of EU-Canada trade negotiations a 'sham' and a 'PR stunt', as internal documents reveal outstanding disagreements between the European Commission and EU member states over controversial new powers for foreign investors.Add Comment
23 September 2014
War on Want members and supporters have been contacting their MPs to protest about the dangers of TTIP, the EU-US trade deal that threatens to undermine jobs, public services and our democracy itself. Now MPs have been contacted by Vince Cable, the Secretary of State responsible for the negotiations, with a letter trying to downplay our concerns. The letter (which can be downloaded from this page) is a wilful misrepresentation of the truth, and we have been asked to provide a blow-by-blow refutation of his claims.Add Comment
22 September 2014
Tesco was publicly challenged today over its abuse of suppliers around the world, as the company reeled from the crisis brought on by its overstatement of £250 million in profits. Watch this clip from Channel 4 News as John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, challenges Tesco over its unethical treatment of suppliers and warns of the consequences of any new supermarket price war.
19 September 2014
We've been getting a lot of calls here at War on Want HQ from you, about TTIP.
You're telling us how enraged you are about this corporate power grab, the effect it will have on jobs, rights and the NHS.
You're telling us you want more resources to help you mobilise resistance around the UK.
So we've put together this presentation. We hope it's useful! We've been inspired by how many of you have been moved by the injustice TTIP will bring.
Together, we can stop TTIP!
18 September 2014
War on Want is profoundly saddened by the death of Sarath Fernando, the founder of one of War on Want’s long term partners in Sri Lanka, the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR). We would like to send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and comrades.
Sarath was an ardent defender of social justice and the concept of food sovereignty as well as a great thinker and writer.Add Comment
12 September 2014
On Friday 12 September 2014, as London Fashion Week Started we took action to London Fashion Week tells a story of fashion that keeps the dark side of the industry in the shadows.Add Comment
12 September 2014
Tansy Hoskins the author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion has written this guest blog about why she and War on Want have decided to send the message to the London Fashion Week "Don't Mention the Garment Workers"
Twice a year London is enveloped in the glittering spectacle of London Fashion Week – a giant sales show generating over £100 million in orders for some of the biggest corporations in the world.
It is at London Fashion Week, along with parallel events in New York, Milan and Paris that the story of fashion is created. Fashion is sold as aspirational, glamorous and inclusive, a way of creating an identity, of making your mark upon the world. The models strut, the clothes swish, the cameras flash and the front row gasps.
But something is missing. The hemlines are perfect, the makeup is flawless, the music is pumping – so what can it be?
The missing are the millions of people hidden behind this façade. The 1,138 Bangladeshi garment workers killed at Rana Plaza, the 6 Cambodians shot dead for asking for a pay rise, the Pakistani workers burnt alive in their factory, the Haitians trapped in poverty wages.
Fashion Week deliberately obscures these stories, it demands you look away, that the only thing you gasp at and connect with is the runway. It demands that you forget the billions of pounds in corporate profit, that you forget about what fashion does to the planet, that you ignore your misgivings about over consumption and that you forget about the people that stitched the clothes on your back.
With the distinction between high street and high fashion shrinking and with ‘designer‘ profits increasingly dependent on perfume, cosmetics, t-shirts, jeans, and accessories, the entire industry needs to take responsibility and become accountable for it’s actions.
This is our city and we want the truth told. It’s time to stop pretending they don’t exist. It’s time to talk about the garment workers.
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11 September 2014
See photos from our inspirational 'At the Frontlines' event at the British Academy. With live music and performance poetry, the evening highlighted the struggles of War on Want's partners in Nigeria, Palestine and Colombia.Add Comment
28 August 2014
Activists in Colombia and London took to the streets this Wednesday 27 August to highlight the ongoing violence and mass displacement occurring in the Colombian port city of Buenaventura.Add Comment
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