13 January 2014, Latest news
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.Add Comment
13 January 2014, Press releases
Union Solidarity International (USi) in partnership with Prayas, Action Aid Association, War on Want and Thompsons Solicitors (Scotland) are today launching an international campaign to highlight forced, bonded and child labour in the brick kilns of India.Add Comment
10 January 2014, Press releases
- Campaigners stage protest outside Cambodian embassy in London
- Workers for brands including H&M, Gap, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Levis demanding £25 a week wage
Today, workers’ rights, anti-poverty and student groups have joined to condemn the Cambodian government’s violent repression of garment workers’ strikes that led to four people being shot and killed by military police last week. The groups staged a protest outside the Cambodian Embassy in London demanding an end to the repression, the recognition of unions’ right to strike and an increase in the minimum wage – the issue that sparked the workers’ protests.
06 January 2014, Latest news
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.Add Comment
19 December 2013, Previous events
War on Want, the School of Law at SOAS and the Russell Tribunal on Palestine were honoured to host Angela Davis and Gina Dent for a discussion on Justice for Palestine and the Stop G4S campaign on 13 December 2013.
Below are videos from the event.Add Comment
19 December 2013, Latest news
Together with our supporters we achieved some amazing things in 2013. We want to share just a few of them with you.Add Comment
17 December 2013, Latest news
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.Add Comment
12 December 2013, Press releases
The veteran US civil rights campaigner, Angela Davis, will tomorrow launch a scathing attack on the British multinational security corporation G4S over complicity in human rights violations.Add Comment
11 December 2013, Latest news
“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.”Add Comment
11 December 2013, Press releases
The new Watchkeeper drone being developed for the UK military is based on a model that Israel has ‘field tested’ in attacks on Gaza which left many Palestinians dead, including children.Add Comment
10 December 2013, Latest news
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.Add Comment
06 December 2013, Press releases
Reacting to news coming out of the WTO ministerial conference in Bali today (6 December), John Hilary, executive director of War on Want, said:
“Any suggestion that there is a deal to celebrate from the WTO talks in Bali is absurd. The negotiations have failed to secure permanent protection for countries to safeguard the food rights of their peoples, exposing hundreds of millions to the prospect of hunger and starvation simply in order to satisfy the dogma of free trade. It is time to end the WTO charade once and for all, and focus instead on undoing the harm it has already caused across the world.”Add Comment
05 December 2013, Press releases
Responding to tax avoidance measures in the 2013 Autumn Statement, War on Want’s tax campaigner Murray Worthy said:
“Today’s “largest package of measures to tackle tax avoidance”, since the Chancellor’s “largest ever package of measures to tackle tax avoidance” announced in the March 2013 Budget, is yet more tinkering around the edges of a broken tax system to try and grab headlines. These technical tweaks will do almost nothing to stop giant multinationals likes Amazon, Starbucks or Google dodging billions of pounds in tax every year. In fact this government has made it easier for these tax avoiding giants to deprive the government of vital revenue for tackling inequality and funding public services."Add Comment
03 December 2013, Latest news
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.Add Comment
03 December 2013, Latest news
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.Add Comment
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