Reaction: Immigration System Risks Race to the Bottom

27 July 2017 - 11:45am

Commenting on The Home Secretary’s article “An immigration system that works for all” [1] and Commission to the Migration Advisory Committee to research EU and European Economic Area (EEA) migration and its role in the wider economy [2], Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner, War on Want said:

No More Secret Trade Deals: The Urgent Need for Transparency and Democracy in UK Trade Deals

July 2017

With Brexit negotiations underway, the UK government must pass legislation on trade in line with the powers it is expected to gain to negotiate and conclude UK trade deals. This legislation will be captured under the trade bill due to come before parliament in September 2017.

Transparency Democracy Trade WOW briefing FINAL.pdf

Tackle Workplace Discrimination: IStreetWatch

21 July 2017 - 5:15pm

War on Want is working with the Migrants' Rights Network to help spread the word about iStreetWatch.  iStreetWatch is an online platform that collects reports to monitor racist and xenophobic incidents across the UK.

St Barts Strikers Up the Ante

20 July 2017 - 4:30pm

On Saturday 15 July 2017, Barts strikers organised a demonstration and rally. Local community groups came out to support the strikers who had been striking for fair pay. 

The largely black and migrant workers are striking for a 30p per hour pay rise. They are employed by Serco, a multinational that profits from the privatisation of the NHS.

Serco also runs for-profit immigration detention centres, such as Yarlswood, where there have been numerous allegations of abuse and poor treatment. Detention centres effectively imprison people who have committed no crime.

Demonstration: Upping the Ante: St Barts Trust Cleaners March

13 July 2017 - 10:30am

  • EVENT DATE: Saturday 15 July 2017, 11:15am
  • LOCATION: Royal London Hospital, Turner Street, (Off Whitechapel Road), London, E1 1BB

After 5 days of strike action, the striking cleaners and porters of St Barts Hospital Trust will be marching from the Royal London Hospital through the East End to Mile End hospitals. Featuring speeches from the strikers and also the striking cleaners from LSE. 

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