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Bangladeshi garment workers successfully campaign for subsidised commodities

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29 June 2012

War on Want's partner, the National Garment Workers' Federation (NGWF), secured a victory for garment workers in Bangladesh. On 18 June, the government declared it will implement a “fair price card” programme to allow garment workers to buy basic food staples such as rice at subsidised prices. According to the Bangladesh Chronicle, government officials have said that workers will be able to purchase up to 20 kg of rice at 24 taka (£0.19) per kg each month from government-appointed providers. 

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Global Day of Action in Rio de Janeiro

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27 June 2012

On the afternoon of 20 June, War on Want took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro alongside thousands of activists and people participating in the Rio +20 People’s Summit to stand up against the false solutions to the economic and environmental crisis put forward by government officials, transnational corporations and financial institutions at the UN Rio + 20 Earth Summit.  

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Failed promises made in Rio+20: The story of a Babacu breaker

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22 June 2012

Raimunda Gomez Da Silva, a founding leader of War on Want’s partner The Movement of Women Babacu Breakers or MIQCB, speaks in an Aljazeera video about the promise of “creating a reserve for poor families who can cultivate the land in a sustainable manner” made by the Brazilian government 20 years ago during the 1992 UN Earth Summit.

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Rio+20: The fight of a community against land grabbing for mega sport events

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21 June 2012

Today, War on Want took action in solidarity with the community of Vila Autódromo. Since the announcement of the World Cup and the Olympic Games in Brazil the people of Vila Autodromo and hundreds of others across the country are facing the threat of forced eviction.

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Globalising the struggle, globalising the hope in Rio

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21 June 2012

Yesterday at Rio+20 a historic event took place. The global campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity was launched after more than a year of collective work by organisations from across the globe. Over a 100 organisations have joined the call for binding mechanisms to regulate transnational corporations and for an international body which has the power to investigate and prosecute corporations committing environmental and human rights abuses.

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Agricultural Workers in Zambia get a wage increase

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19 June 2012

War on Want’s partner, the National Union of Plantation, Agricultural and Allied Workers (NUPAAW), has secured a wage increase for permanent and seasonal workers in the agriculture sector.  After a six month battle to secure this increase, with a lot of resistance from the Zambia Farm Employers Association (ZFEA) to agree to the demands of NUPAAW, the union has finally managed to secure increases ranging from 20% to 66%.

However, some agriculture sectors are not covered by this agreement and the negotiations for workers in the sugar industry are still on-going. The union is demanding an increase of 35%, while management offered only 10%. NUPAAW branch chairman Dominic Mukwita called the management of the Zambia Sugar Plc insensitive for not recognizing the needs of their workers.  

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War on Want blogs from Rio+20

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19 June 2012

War on Want Programmes Officer, Laia Blanch, reports from the People’s Summit at Rio+20.

Here at the People’s Summit many organisations are presenting case studies of how transnational companies are damaging people’s lives and using their influence to prevent policies being passed that go against their interests. 

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Voices from below – The history of a South African social movement

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19 June 2012

To fight back against the impact of privatisation and neo-liberal policies in post-apartheid South Africa, including declining living standards, service cut offs and evictions, War on Want’s partner, the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) was formed. An amazing new online exhibition has been launched documenting these struggles for justice and the inspiring history of the APF from its inception in 2000.

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New Global Campaign: Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity at Rio+20

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18 June 2012

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War on Want, together with La Via Campesina and many other networks, is launching a global plan of actions to ‘Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity’ of transnational corporations (TNCs) at the People’s Summit at Rio+20.

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Tags: corporate accountability | food sovereignty | overseas work

   

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The People’s Summit: the alternative to the UN Earth Summit Rio+20

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15 June 2012

Around 20,000 people will gather at the People’s Summit, the counter event to the United Nations Summit Rio +20, from 15 to 23 June. It will provide a space for self-organised discussion groups and for a People’s Permanent Assembly. The Summit will showcase the work of organisations and social movements denouncing and exposing the structural causes of the world’s crises and its false solutions. It will highlight people’s existing workable solutions and agendas to mobilise actions for change.

War on Want will be at the People’s Summit building collective strategies to reclaim people’s power over corporations, free markets and governments and to promote the food sovereignty framework.

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House demolition in Silwan leaves bride and groom homeless

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12 June 2012

A demolition in Silwan has left Sameh Idris, aged 26, without a house to live in after his wedding. Mr Idris, who has been building the house for several years, had planned to move in with his new wife after their wedding in September.

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Palestinian Hunger Strikers close to death

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12 June 2012

On 17 April 2012, Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons declared a mass hunger strike to demand an end to administrative detention, isolation and other punitive measures taken against Palestinian prisoners. War on Want supports the demands of the hunger strikers, and joins thousands of individuals and organisations around the globe in calling for the immediate release of all Palestinian political prisoners held illegally in Israeli prisons.

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"Enchanted Jerusalem" tour sparks anger in Silwan

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08 June 2012

4 million Isreali shekels to improve the "Enchanted Jerusalem" tour while local Palestinian residents face imminent evicition
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War on Want supports the ‘Take the Flour Back’ campaign and the right to protest

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27 May 2012

Hundreds of anti-GM protesters gathered to express their opposition to the genetic modified wheat research at Rothamsted today. War on Want joined the call from the Take the Flour Back to stop the development of genetic modified seeds.

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David Cameron is unfit to chair the UN development panel – and here's why

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24 May 2012

The British PM's record suggests he could hardly be more ill-equipped to devise the post-2015 development agenda

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