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Multinational, HanesBrands (HBI), sacks Honduran sweatshop workers

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08 February 2012

Hundreds of sweatshops workers are now jobless following the closure of three USA HanesBrands (HBI) company factories. The majority of these workers are unskilled women whose families depend solely on their income. Many also suffer occupational diseases after working for several years for the company. The sudden news of the factory closures has left them with no hope to get compensation and no right to redress for their health issues.

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Family victims win compensation

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03 February 2012

Yesterday, the families of three workers who were killed in Eurotex and Continental Garment factories as a result of two incidences last December, a fire and an accident in a lift, got compensation set at an historic level, based on "loss of earnings".

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Two Bangladeshi garment workers killed in a stampede

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12 December 2011

Jeesimn Akter, 20 years old, and Taslima Akter, 22 years old, were killed last week in a stampede following a boiler explosion in the Eurotex garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 62 workers were also badly injured.

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Chinese sweatshops: Making Toys without Joy

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09 December 2011

"While toys bring joy to children, and while toy companies feast on their profits, let us not forget that toy workers in China, who make over 70% of the world's toys, continue to toil in coastal sweatshops miles away from their family members in inland provinces" says War on Want's partner Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) in their latest report. They campaign for the improvement of Chinese workers' rights.

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112 labour rights organisations call for legislation threatening workers’ rights to be withdrawn in Malaysia

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08 December 2011

112 labour organizations, amongst them the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) and War on Want, are calling on the Malaysian government to scrap a new Employment Act which proposes to make changes to the way in which labour is contracted out. The groups have denounced the changes as unconstitutional and detrimental to workers' rights and trade unions. The Bill has already been approved by the Malaysian House of Representatives, but still needs to be passed by the Senate and receive royal assent in order to come into effect.

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CODEMUH calls for decent work principles and to put an end to impunity!

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02 December 2011

In November, the Honduran Women's Collective (CODEMUH), War on Want's long term partner supporting women maquila workers in Honduras, launched a campaign to raise awareness among the Honduran population of the occupational health problems endured by sweatshop workers and to strengthen women workers' organizational skills enabling them to stand up for their rights.

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Bangladeshi garment workers supporting UK strike

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01 December 2011

Bangladeshi garment workers supporting striking workers in the UK Nov 30Several hundred garment workers took part in a solidarity rally in Dhaka (Bangladesh) organised by War on Want's partner, the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), in support of trade unions and workers in the UK taking industrial action.

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International Food Sovereignty Day: 5 December 2011

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01 December 2011

La Via Campesina is calling for an international food sovereignty day of mass actions on 5 December 2011. The international network is calling on all farmers, workers and the landless and all social movements to demand:

  • Genuine agrarian reform for food sovereignty
  • Agro ecological revolution as the solution to climate change
  • Restructuring of the entire food system
  • Full and equal participation of women in the new food system and in the society as a whole
  • Building of a food system based on human needs
  • End to multinational control of our genetic resources
  • Seed sovereignty where seed can adapt and mitigate climate change

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Support the trade unions on 30 November!

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22 November 2011

War on Want marches with trade unions demanding a stop to cutsOn 30 November millions of public sector workers – including nurses, teachers, local government and care workers – will take industrial action across the UK for pensions justice and against the government's austerity programme. War on Want is urging its supporters to add their voices in support of workers' rights and public services.

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G20 leaders still not leading

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10 November 2011

As the global economy lurches from crisis to crisis, driven by skittish markets, the G20 met last week in Cannes in southern France. The self-appointed group has given itself the task of sorting out the financial crisis, yet despite the severity of the situation they showed themselves to be lacking in new ideas.

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Food is not a business, but a human right

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03 November 2011

Read the Inter Press Service interview with War on Want's partner in Brazil, the Landless Workers Movement (MST), outlining the role of small-scale producers and rural women in achieving food security and sovereignty. Read the interview here

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Agro-ecology and Food Sovereignty in Cuba

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01 November 2011

During the food sovereignty day organised by War on Want at the House of Commons on 18 October, Roberto Caballero, expert from the Cuban Association of Technicians on Agriculture and Forestry, explained how the agro-ecology model has been successfully applied in his country. He stressed that food can be produced everywhere by everybody.

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The Financial Transactions Tax: an idea whose time has come

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31 October 2011

Two years on from the supposed 'end' of the financial crisis, the economic outlook continues to worsen for the vast majority of ordinary people. Unemployment, particularly for young people, has reached record highs following government austerity programmes, while inflation continues to rocket. At the European level, the Eurozone itself is in crisis and is being propped up by further taxpayer-funded bailouts.

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Album in a Day - now on iTunes

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24 October 2011

If you have not yet got your copy of the Album in a Day recorded by G2 Studios, in aid of War on Want, it is now available to download from iTunes.

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Food Sovereignty Report launched

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17 October 2011

We have launched our new report - ‘Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming the Food System’. The report contrasts the UK government’s preferred approach of ‘food security’, based on free markets supplemented by aid, with the positive alternative of food sovereignty, which returns control over the food system to farmers.

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