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Agroecology Bill: a step towards food sovereignty

12 June 2014, Latest news

The Private Members Bill ballot was drawn this morning (12 June), and 20 MPs were selected to introduce the bill of their choice to the 2014-15 session of parliament. The Agroecology Alliance (of which War on Want is a member) has worked with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology to draft an Agroecology Bill in the hope that one of the lucky MPs drawn in the ballot could take it on as theirs. The bill represents another step among the many changes needed for people to regain control over our food and agricultural system. 

STOP PRESS: We've just heard back from the first three MPs who we had hoped might pick the Agroecology Bill, and sadly they have chosen other priorities. We are now looking for alternatives...

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Tags: food justice | food sovereignty | overseas work

   

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Alliance Boots – Public Health Risk!

10 June 2014, Latest news

War on Want activists have been joined by medical professionals in campaigning against tax avoidance by Alliance Boots. Activists donned white coats and placed a public health notice in front of the store to highlight that the missing tax puts public health at risk, by reducing the amount of money available for the NHS.

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Tags: boots | campaigns | tax | tax dodging | tax justice

   

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War on Want at G4S shareholders meeting

03 June 2014, Latest news

War on Want campaigners attended the G4S Annual General Meeting and called for an end to the company’s complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation and the imprisonment and torture of Palestinians, including children.

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Gates Foundation sells down its shares in G4S

29 May 2014, Latest news

In the face of worldwide pressure, the Gates Foundation has sold down its shares in the world’s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S. Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake from the company. Thanks to everyone who joined the campaign, signed the petition and participated in protests. 

“We are glad the pressure on the Gates Foundation to divest from G4S is starting to work. We urge the Foundation to sell any remaining shares it still holds and release a public statement pledging not to invest in corporations profiting from Israel’s military occupation,” said Rafeef Ziadah, Senior Campaigns Officer at War on Want.

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Tags: campaigns | g4s | palestine | PMSC | victory

   

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Pan-EU coalition slams EU-US trade deal as threat to democracy

21 May 2014, Press releases

On the eve of the European Parliament elections, 120 campaign groups from across Europe have rejected the trade negotiations between the EU and the US as a threat to democracy, and have called on negotiators to radically rewrite the proposed agreement.

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Comedy Gig 2014

01 May 2014, Previous events

Thanks to all the great comedians that turned up to give us a really wonderful show on 1 May 2014, at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Joe Wells kicked off, demonstrating he's a real new talent to watch taking the toughest and first spot of the evening, lulling us all into an expectation of more brilliant comedy to come. A wide range of comedy styles followed from Angela Barnes to Arnold Brown, with something for every age, gender and background! Paul Thorne beautifully MC'd the breaks with us all rolling through them with laughter. Nick Revell keeping the bar high for Stewart Lee who brought the first half to an astounding close, with a break to relax those laughter muscles before yet more in the second half with Kate Smurthwaite's wry observations, Kevin Eldon's madcap antics and finally Marcus Brigstocke's culminating tale of warm gel and genitalia.

We're already looking forward to next year - see you there!

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Living Wage Commission: Time to be bold

30 April 2014, Latest news

War on Want and several of its trade union affiliates have sent an open letter to the Living Wage Commission prior to its final meeting today (30 April) calling on it to press for the living wage to be made a mandatory requirement on employers, not an optional extra as at present. 

The text of the letter as sent to Archbishop Dr John Sentamu, chair of the Commission, is below - and you can read how the Guardian covered it here.

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Anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building

24 April 2014, Previous events

War on Want activists have taken action against Gap shops around the UK. In London, they were joined by author Tansy Hoskins and comedian Mark Thomas at the Gap shop on Kensington High Street to put the spotlight on Gap’s refusal to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord on the anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building.

Activists piled rubble in front of the shop’s windows, posting signs reading ‘Mind the safety Gap’.  

War on Want supporters were joined by Labour Behind the Label, an NGO supporting garment workers worldwide, members of the GMB union and dozens of concerned citizens at Gap’s flagship store on Oxford Street.  

A human chain was formed down Oxford Street as a memorial to the over 1100 victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.  Amirul Haque Amin, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation, War on Want’s partner organisation in Bangladesh, slated the brands for their failure to pay up to the Rana Plaza compensation fund, and singled out Gap for criticism for its failure to sign the Safety Accord.

Other protests took place across the UK including in Brighton, Edinburgh, Exeter, Ipswich, Leeds, London, Manchester, Reading and Southampton.

You can support the fight for workers safety in Bangladesh here.

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‘Deathtrap’ protests target Kate favourite Gap

24 April 2014, Press releases

Mark Thomas, Katharine Hamnett in demos over safety plan

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40,000 Chinese workers on strike in factories supplying Nike and Adidas

23 April 2014, Latest news

Only weeks after War on Want hit out at Nike for exploiting Indonesian employees producing England’s World Cup shirts, around 40,000 Chinese workers making Nike shoes are on strike for better pay, besides housing and pension money owed to them.

The strike, including managers, began on the same day as the England shirts exposure, and police have detained some of the workers.

War on Want’s partners the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour and Worker Empowerment, jointly with the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and other civil society groups in China, are demanding the local government of the Chinese city of Dongguang and the Yue Yuen factory owners to comply with labour laws and to release the detained workers. They also hold brands -Nike, Adidas and Timberland- responsible for ignoring labour laws and turning a blind eye to workers’ rights violations in the Yue Yuen factory.

Sign a letter in solidairty with the workers here

 

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Tags: china | corporations & conflict | fashion victims | overseas news | sweatshops

   

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Bill Gates attacked over G4S child prisoners 'shame'

17 April 2014, Press releases

The philanthropic body run by the world’s richest person, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, today faced accusations that the charity is complicit in the torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian detainees, including child prisoners.

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Challenging Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake in G4S

17 April 2014, Latest news

Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, have launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake from the world’s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S.

On 17 April, Palestinian prisoners’ day, campaigners from London, Johannesburg, to New York and Seattle visited Gates Foundation offices to deliver a petition calling on the Gates Foundation to divest.

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Politics for People campaign launches across EU

15 April 2014, Press releases

Today, War on Want is one of a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe launching a campaign to demand that candidates for the upcoming European elections (on 22 May) stand up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business.

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Tags: campaigns | Europe | trade justice | TTIP

   

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Rogue firms nominated for badge of shame

08 April 2014, Press releases

Three of the world’s biggest companies have been shortlisted for a new corporate shame award, to be voted on by the British public next month.

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The votes have been counted

04 April 2014, Latest news

Members of War on Want play an important part in shaping the future of our organisation, by exercising their democratic right to vote at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). At this year's AGM on 22 March, two resolutions were presented to the meeting.

The first was a Special Resolution proposed by our Council of Management to allow members to nominate their proxy vote online to help reduce costs and make it easier for people to engage and have a say. The great news is that this resolution was passed! This means from next year onwards, as well as voting in person on the day or using a paper ballot to nominate a proxy, members will also have the ability to nominate their proxy vote online.

The second resolution put forward by one of our members, proposed that the AGM should be held in a major city outside of London every four years. This resolution was also passed!

This just goes to show the impact our members can have and the truly democratic nature of our decision making. We think our members are amazing! If you're not one already, you can join us here.

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