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Experts rank Gap the world’s worst company for failing Bangladesh workers’ safety

24 January 2014

A jury of experts have awarded Gap the ‘Public Eye’ award for the worst company of the year for its failure to sign a binding agreement to make factories safe in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh earlier this year.

In making their decision, the panel ranked Gap’s behaviour worse than HSBC’s involvement in land-grabbing, Syngenta, Bayer & BASF’s production of bee killing pesticides and mining giant Glencore's impact on communities around the world.

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Why this year’s Davos could be bad for our health

23 January 2014

Tomorrow sees the start of the World Economic Forum, the annual Davos gathering at which the transnational capitalist class looks to the year ahead and celebrates its continuing domination of the global economy. Open only to invited guests from the highest echelons of the corporate and government elite, the event sees no need to be modest in its pretensions. This year's forum is entitled simply 'The Reshaping of the World'.

Two Davos participants who are definitely seeking to reshape the world over the coming year are US Trade Representative Michael Froman and his European counterpart Karel de Gucht. The two men will discuss how they can complete negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by the summer of 2015, an ambitious task given the time usually taken by trade negotiations.

If they succeed, the deal will change the way in which we order our social existence forever.

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UK government responds to call to abolish the UK’s tax havens

13 January 2014

Many thanks to the thousands of you who have taken action to call on the UK government to abolish the UK’s tax havens over the last few months; the Treasury have now written to us to respond to your demands.

The government’s response [pdf] sets out all the steps the UK government and the Overseas Territories have taken in recent months to curb tax avoidance and evasion. While we don’t believe that these measures go far enough, falling far short of ensuring the UK’s Overseas Territories are no longer tax havens, they still reflect the huge pressure that has been brought by campaigners raising the issue with their MPs and with the government. The only way the government will act to tackle tax dodging and stand up to the companies that profit from it is through keeping up this kind of public pressure.

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Act now to end the violent repression of Cambodian garment workers

06 January 2014

In the last week at least four people have been killed and over 23 seriously injured by security forces in Cambodia as part of a violent crackdown on a national strike by garment workers demanding a living wage. Despite massive support by garment workers for the legitimate strike, the government has used excessive violence to crush the protests, and many union organisers are still either missing, under arrest or wanted by the police.

Sign the petition to the government of Cambodia demanding an end to the violence, respect for the striking workers’ rights and a negotiated settlement to this dispute

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Thank you

19 December 2013

Thank you

Together with our supporters we achieved some amazing things in 2013. We want to share just a few of them with you.

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Vote for Gap in the worst company of the year awards

17 December 2013

Gap have been nominated for the 2014 Public Eye Awards – the name and shame awards for the companies with the worst corporate social responsibility records – for risking the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh.

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Ogoni protests escalate in Nigeria as Shell fails to implement UNEP report

11 December 2013

 “There is no going back on the 90 day deadline ultimatum delivered to the Nigerian Government and oil companies to implement the UNEP report on oil pollution in Ogoniland. We are mobilizing for a series of non-violent direct actions that will cripple economic activity.”

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The on-going walk to freedom

10 December 2013

International human rights day could not be a more fitting day to hold a memorial celebrating the life of a man who dedicated his life fighting for human rights – Nelson Mandela. Today marks the start of what is being called the biggest funeral in history, with more than 100 heads of state alone attending at least one part of it.

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The Struggle for the Right to the City in Durban, South Africa

03 December 2013

In Durban, South Africa, we are struggling for a world in which human dignity comes before private profit and land, cities, wealth and power are shared fairly. This is our politic and we are in solidarity with this politic where ever we find it.

We are aware that poor people in England are under attack from an alliance between the rich and the state. We are aware that all the major political parties in England work for this alliance and not for the people. We are in solidarity with your struggles and we are willing to act in solidarity with your struggles as we have acted in solidarity with struggles in places like Haiti, Palestine and Turkey.

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We've come to destroy your rice- excellent documentary on Colombian seeds laws

03 December 2013

Take a minute to watch this excellent documentary about the controversial seeds certification law implemented in Colombia under the terms of the country's free trade agreement with the United States. It shows riot police confiscating 'illegally produced' rice grown by peasant farmers, and later destroying it.

The documentary created a huge stir in Colombia and played an important role in gaining public support for the agrarian strike this summer and increasing hostility to the free trade agreement. The documentary shows the absurdity of the seeds certification laws which are being forced on the populations of countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia via free trade agreements with the world's most powerful economies.

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