Malmström attempts to reboot TTIP in visit to USA

25 April 2017 - 4:30pm

Millions across Europe opposed the EU-US trade deal TTIP,  while Barack Obama was in office, now the people of Europe will not accept an even more extreme Donald Trump version of this hated secret deal.

Western Sahara: Resistance in exile

25 April 2017 - 2:45pm

Deep in the Sahara desert some 165,000 Saharawi refugees cling to the hope that they will one day return to their confiscated homeland. But despite a lifetime in exile, and denial of their basic human rights, resistance is growing.

Trade Union Focus July 2017

Welcome to your quarterly update dedicated to War on Want’s trade union affiliates and supporters. As Brexit negotiations start, trade campaigning continues apace and we have new materials for you to take action on transparency and democracy. Meanwhile, our work on Palestine has already delivered results and as the debate continues on the use of zero hours contracts our campaign to Stand With Migrant Workers is picking up speed.

 

Rana Plaza four years on: 'Everything has changed. We know we should not be afraid at work'

24 April 2017 - 2:45pm

Too often the voices of women garment workers in Bangladesh are marginalised or dismissed, yet women garment workers are far from hapless victims. They continue to fight every day to improve working conditions for themselves and each other. They also have a clear analysis of the problem: international brands are responsible for their exploitation, it is they who benefit from it.

Combatting arbitrary detention from the UK to Palestine

20 April 2017 - 11:15am

  • Event date: 8 May 2017 - 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Location: SOAS (room tba), 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
  • Cost: FREE event but registration required (no exceptions)

Join us for an evening of education, discussion and movement building with organisations working to combat the use of arbitrary detention, both in occupied Palestine and in the UK.

Up Front: Fighting Oppression

April 2017

Right now a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-women sentiment is taking hold. Our partners in the global South have long shown us that building movements from the ground up is key to tackling such injustice. In this edition read about the voices that must be heard in the fight against oppression, plus features on Eritrea, Western Sahara, Palestinian political prisoners and much more.

 

 

Up Front: Fighting Oppression

Fox and Trump team up to gut banking rules, risking new financial crisis

13 April 2017 - 5:00pm

The UK confirmed today that it is keen to ensure the deregulation of financial services is included in a new trade deal with the USA - a move which threatens to unpick critical banking regulations and risks triggering a new financial crisis.

War on Want takes on The Big Questions on BBC One

9 April 2017 - 11:45am

The UK government should work to uphold international law and human rights by putting human rights, workers' rights and environmental protections at the core of its trade policy. Watch War on Want's Ryvka Barnard on BBC One's The Big Questions.

Colombia's fracking boom risks deepening environmental conflicts

7 April 2017 - 4:15pm

The revelation of this fracking boom shows that while  the Colombian government talks about peace, it is threatening to deepen over 100 existing environmental conflicts related to extractive companies and their operations by opening the door to the influx of further multinationals. 

Farmer not ‘qualified’ to speak on destruction of his livelihood, says government

7 April 2017 - 11:00am

The Home Office has denied a visa to a Madagascan farmer due to speak in London about the environmental and social impact of Rio Tinto’s QMM mineral sands mine and its ‘biodiversity offset’ scheme on his community.  

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Migrant and Precarious Workers are Winning Britain a Pay Rise!

17 October 2017 - 3:00pm

Migrant and precarious workers are winning Britain a pay rise. Migrant and precarious workers are leading the fights to get organised. They are tackling precarious work, outsourcing and privatisation, the real drivers of low pay and insecurity at work.  Despite facing stigmatisation by a media that too often blames them for low pay and insecurity at work, they are standing up for themselves and winning. Their struggles tell an important story about how Britain can win a pay rise: by standing with migrant workers and ending precarious contracts.

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Open Democracy: EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

17 October 2017 - 11:30am

Thulsi Narayanasamy, War on Want's Senior International Programmes officer for Asia & the Pacific reports on how the EU's so-called trade concessions whitewash ongoing violations in Sri Lankan factories - as well as the profoundly unequal terms of global trade, which prevents meaningful development for the global South. 

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