UK trade bill launched within hours of public ‘consultation’ closing

7 November 2017 - 12:45pm

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP, launched a new trade bill today. Although the bill will return power over trade negotiations from the EU to the UK, that power has not reached the public: the bill launched within hours of a public consultation closing, meaning the input of thousands of responses from members of the public could not have been considered.

UNIQLO: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR WORKERS

The fashion giant UNIQLO has caved to our demands twice, and we need to make them do it again. UNIQLO leaves behind a trail of serious labour violations wherever they go and this time, the workers who made their clothes in Indonesia are suffering.

 

The PT Jaba Garmindo factory in Indonesia closed down and around 4000 people found themselves unemployed and broke, with four months of wages and severance payments owing. Support the garment workers fighting for what is owed to them. 

 

 

E-MAIL BHP: STOP THE MINING INJUSTICE

 

From October 14-19, War on Want's partner MAB (Movement of People Affected by Dams) from Brazil, and Indigenous Wayuu representatives from Colombia will be in London. They have come to challenge BHP - the world's biggest mining company - about its continued violation of their rights as Indigenous and Afro-descendant mining-affected communities. 

Corporations like BHP lie at the heart of the fossil fuel industry and enjoy the benefits of tax breaks and subsidies in the UK, yet remain wholly unaccountable for the impacts of their operations outside of the UK. 

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.

Open Letter: To University Of London on Outsourced Workers

25 October 2017 - 12:15pm

25 October 2017

War on Want's Executive Director  wrote to Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of London  to ask him to meet with the IWGB union which represents the largely black and migrant outsourced workforce. The workers there are fighting to be brought back in house to have equal terms and conditions to in-house staff.  

Up Front: Brexit & the challenges we face

October 2017

In this edition, read about the challenges we face as we negotiate trade, workers' rights, and social justice throughout Brexit. We also introduce you to the next phase of our Stop Arming Israel campaign, calling on HSBC to end their complicity in Israel's violations of international law. Read too about the fight for labour rights in Sri Lanka, the struggles and resistance to extractivism in Tunisia, and Colombia's win for people power. 

Up Front: Brexit and the challenges we face

North Africa and West Asia: Voices of Resistance, Struggles for Social Justice

October 2017

With all the momentous changes unleashed by the Arab uprisings in 2011, the intensification of social struggles and the opening up of new horizons for radical change in the North Africa and West Asia (NAWA) region, War on Want has decided to create a new programme specifically focused on this area. Our aim is to platform the voices of progressive, organised, representative social movements, women, community and worker led collectives, giving emphasis to resistance and social justice struggles.

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Parliament to be ‘shut out’ of post-Brexit trade deals

11 October 2017 - 2:45pm

Trade Justice Movement response to Trade White Paper

The Trade Justice Movement has welcomed the government’s recognition in its trade white paper, released yesterday, of the need for trade policy to be “transparent and inclusive”. However it has criticised the government’s commitments so far as woefully inadequate, in particular the lack of any clear role for parliament in scrutinising trade deals.

Precarious Labour is on the March

27 September 2017 - 3:30pm

Today, Wednesday 27 September, War on Want joined precarious workers to march together with workers from Deliveroo, Uber, McStrikers,  precarious University teaching staff, Picture House staff, BA Mixed Fleet crew and many others.

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Comment: Supreme Court must find for worker's rights in gig economy case

20 February 2018 - 11:30am

Speaking ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the ‘Pimlico Plumbers’ Gig Economy Case, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The supreme court case must confirm what many courts have already decided, that claiming these workers were self-employed is a ploy to dodge taxes and deny worker’s rights, such as holiday and sick pay.

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War on Want's commitment to safeguarding and code of conduct

16 February 2018 - 10:30am

The recent reports regarding the conduct of staff working for international humanitarian and development charities focussing on Oxfam, is a crucial reminder of the importance that charities should place on ensuring effective policies and practices in safeguarding, including commitments to recognise and uphold the dignity of local communities that the sector works with.

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