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Glean to Feed - Real Junk Food Project - food for you at #TTIPFightback

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03 March 2015

We're honoured to have the Real Junk Food Project Manchester provide lunch for our participants at our national gathering on TTIP in Central Hall on Saturday 21 March.

The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into healthy, nutritious meals for those in need on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis. They are currently running pop-up events while they get their cafe in Manchester City Centre set up.RJF-logo-500px

5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’, making it hard for them to afford every day essentials, including food. Yet in Britain alone an estimated 15 million tonnes of food wasted from the plough to the plate. Read more food waste facts here

War on Want is a proud supporter of the global food soveriegnty movement. We are really happy to have RJFP at our event!

Our conference is free and open to all but please register now.

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South African shack dweller movement's plea for their humanity to be recognised and fulfilled

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27 February 2015

This week South African shack dweller movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo were invited to testify at the South African Human Rights Commission hearings on access to housing, local government and service delivery. In their testimony, Abahlali made an impassioned plea to the Commission for the ANC-led government to treat people like human beings, with dignity. They said that the reason they protest is because it is a call for their humanity to be recognised and fulfilled. The movement, which this year celebrates 10 years of its existence, has a membership of 11,000 representing 22 branches in the province of Kwazulu-Natal.

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TTIP and the NHS: don't be fooled by new BBC 'leak'

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27 February 2015

The BBC has just published a 'leaked' copy of the EU's initial services offer in the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), along with a new UK government 'reassurance' that the NHS can be protected from the EU-US deal. War on Want's Executive Director John Hilary has written the following rebuttal for 38 Degrees members in advance of their weekend action to Save the NHS.

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Report Back: Has Capitalism Killed Fashion?

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25 February 2015

On Saturday 21 February, War on Want and Brick Lane debates held a day of workshops, debates, films, spoken word, DIY & craftivism, speed debating, & theatre around the question 'Has Capitalism Killed Fashion?' It was a remedy to London Fashion Week which was taking place around London

Click the title to hear more about what took place.

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The reality behind UNIQLO's corporate social responsibility promises

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23 February 2015

Excessive overtime, low pay, dangerous working conditions, punitive and oppressive management style.

In a new report SACOM reveals the sweatshop practices and labour rights violations belying UNIQLO’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) promises. UNIQLO is a rising superstar in the global fast fashion scene with 861 stores worldwide – including an increasing number in the UK. It is already Asia’s biggest apparel company and Forbes predicts it to pass H&M and Inditex to become the world’s largest clothing company.  Tadashi Yanai, the founder and CEO of Fast Retailing, of which UNIQLO is a subsidiary, was ranked as Japan’s wealthiest man by Forbes in 2013, with a net worth of USD 15.5 billion.

UNIQLO also has a high Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) profile with a Code of Conduct and CSR reports that give the impression of transparency, a careful selection of suppliers, limits on overtime work, a commitment to freedom of association and close monitoring of working conditions. However, undercover investigations by SACOM have found systematic and large-scale labour rights violations in two factories producing for UNIQLO, documented in a report that unveils a completely different reality, with workers producing UNIQLO clothes toiling under inhumane conditions.

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Storify: The #NoTTIP Train to Brussels

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17 February 2015

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Tax Dodging Bill Campaign

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26 January 2015

logo yellowWar on Want has teamed up withover 15 other organisations to campaign for a new law, a Tax Dodging Bill, to help make tax fair.

War on Want has long put a spotlight on companies like Alliance Boots; which together dodge billions of pounds in tax every year.

These corporate parasites suck out profits and leave the rest of society paying the price wherever they operate. They won’t be stopped until the rules are changed. Empty rhetoric won’t do the job.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with over 15 other organisations and to call for a new law, a Tax Dodging Bill, to help make tax fair.

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TTIP: the fight is on for 2015

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31 December 2014

2015 is going to be a crunch year in the fight against TTIP, the EU-US treaty that threatens to undermine our democracy, our jobs and our public services. To prepare for the fight, here's a short presentation from War on Want's Executive Director, John Hilary, outlining the threat of TTIP at the recent seminar held in Stockholm, courtesy of our friends at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Happy New Year!

 

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An amazing year - thank you

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24 December 2014

It's been an incredible year, and I've been up and down the country talking with people like you, who have been really inspired to make a difference. I'd love to tell you about just some of the victories that you have been pivotal in achieving.

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Modern Slavery Bill - Tweet Day

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10 December 2014

Twitter logo blueOn Monday 8th of December, as the modern slavery bill passes through the House of Lords, War on Want and others took to twitter to push the Prime Minister to ensure the bill drives companies to tackle forced labour in their supply chains.

War on Want has been working with the CORE (Corporate Responsibility Coalition) to ensure that the modern slavery bill addresses the UK’s impact on modern slavery around the world as well as in the UK.

 

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Forced Labour in Supply Chains - Modern Slavery Bill

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28 November 2014

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The International Labour Organisation estimates that globally 21 million people are subject to forced labour, trafficking and modern slavery which generates annual profits of $150 billion.

The government introduced the modern slavery bill to tackle this in the UK by clarifying the law, and creating a Modern Slavery Commissioner. War on Want has been working with the CORE (The Corporate Responsibility Coalition) to ensure that the modern slavery bill addresses the UK’s impact on modern slavery around the world as well as in the UK.

War on Want’s work with partner trade unions and workers’ groups around the world shows how many UK companies profit from the modern slavery that takes place in their supply chains. It is important that the bill tackles not just those committing the crimes, but also those profiting and creating the conditions for modern slavery.

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Stop the killing of South African shack dwellers

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24 November 2014

chicagoThis weekend hundreds of international supporters gathered in London, New York, Chicago and Budapest to demonstrate against the killing of housing activists in South Africa. During the past 18 months, three housing activists from the shack dweller movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, a long standing partner of the British anti-poverty charity War on Want, have been assassinated. To date not a single person has been held responsible for any of these deaths. In London, War on Want, together with the Abahlali baseMjondolo UK Collective, have initiated a series of solidarity actions, including a letter to the High Commissioner of South Africa (www.waronwant.org/stopthekilling) that call for the right of people to engage in activism that is free of repression, a formal inquiry into the murders, and peaceful dialogue between housing activists and local, national and provincial authorities. The signed petition will be handed in at South Africa House in London, later this month.

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Exposed: Political heavyweights undermining Bangladesh Safety Accord

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14 November 2014

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With workers about to strike at thousands of Walmart stores across the US, the political heavy-weights behind Walmart and GAP’s attempts to discredit the Bangladesh Safety Accord have been revealed.

An American news source has revealed that the lobbyists Albright Stonebridge were behind efforts to push the much weaker Bangladesh Safety Alliance to US politicians. Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State, is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group which describes itself as “strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm”. The Accord and the Alliance were both a reaction to the Rana Plaza disaster where over 1100 garment workers died spurring hundreds of thousands of people to take action in outrage.

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War on Want Celebrates International Street Vendors Day

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14 November 2014

KENASVIT march for MSE Act

Across the globe, street vendors and their organisations will be marking International Street    Vendors Day with celebrations and calls for greater recognition and rights for informal traders. The day was first set aside in 2012 by international street vendor organisation, StreetNet, as a day of recognition for the contribution made by street vendors to national development and awareness raising.

War on Want has been supporting street vendor representative organisations in Zambia and Kenya for many years. Through its long standing partnership with the Alliance of Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA) and the Kenyan National Alliance of Street Vendors and International Traders (KENASVIT) there have been substantial gains made for informal traders in both countries.

 

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South African Shack Dwellers' movement protest against police brutality

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11 November 2014


This weekend shack dwellers' movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, a long standing partner of War of Want, held a march of over 2,000 people through the streets of Durban, South Africa. The march was held to highlight the violence faced by housing activists at the hands of police and local authorities as well as the corruption involved in the allocation of social housing in the city.

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