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UK aid ‘fuelling hunger in Africa'

11 December 2012 - 10:45am

The UK government is spending hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money promoting the interests of multinational corporations in Africa instead of fighting poverty, according to a new report released today.

Autumn statement - Osborne ‘turning a blind eye' to tax avoidance

5 December 2012 - 1:32pm

Responding to the Chancellor's Autumn statement, Murray Worthy, campaigner at anti-poverty charity War on Want said;

“This government is turning a blind eye to the enormous scale of corporate tax avoidance, completely ignoring the public demand that tax avoidance needs to be eliminated. Nothing Osborne said today will stop the billions being avoided by giant multinationals like Amazon, Google and Starbucks. Instead, by just tinkering around the edges, Osborne is sending a clear message that these big companies can keep avoiding tax. This is yet more hypocrisy from a government that is all too keen to talk tough on tax avoidance, yet is giving up on billions lost every year.”

Campaigners slam Osborne's hollow tax plans

3 December 2012 - 11:14am

Campaigners today slammed George Osborne's announced clampdown on tax avoidance as 'hollow' and 'yet more hypocrisy'.  

Report exposes Osborne tax plan ‘hypocrisy'

3 December 2012 - 1:50am

A new report released today by War on Want reveals that the centrepiece of the government's plans to tackle tax abuse will have no impact on the tax avoided by Amazon, Google and Starbucks.

War on Want condemns Israel attack on Gaza

20 November 2012 - 4:28pm

The anti-poverty charity War on Want today condemned Israel for its attack on Gaza and accused British foreign secretary William Hague of giving Israel a signal to continue escalating its military operations.

War on Want supports ‘unprecedented' austerity fight

14 November 2012 - 9:54am

The anti-poverty charity War on Want today will back the first pan-Europe coordinated action over austerity measures as workers stage general strikes in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Malta.

'Pay living wage everywhere' call to British firms

2 November 2012 - 5:26pm

Campaigners today welcomed the news that more British companies are committing to paying UK workers a living wage, but said it was scandalous that firms are not forced to ensure a living wage in their overseas supply chains.

Campaigners demand supermarket watchdog given teeth

17 October 2012 - 5:15pm

Activists today staged a demonstration to highlight the need for the government to ensure the new supermarket watchdog being introduced has the power to fine supermarkets for unfair buying practices that hit the working conditions and environmental practices of suppliers and farmers overseas and in Britain.

Nearly 50,000 people join to demand Adidas pay Indonesian workers US$1.8M

3 September 2012 - 1:00am

  • Two years after the closure of Adidas supplier factory, workers still owed statutory severance pay
  • Official sportswear partner of 2012 Paralympic Games targeted in Germany, UK and US

Worker rights activists in the US, UK and Germany today delivered a petition signed by nearly 50,000 international supporters demanding that Adidas pay US$1.8 million (£1.2m) in severance owed to 2,800 workers from its supplier factory in Indonesia.

Protest targets Vedanta mines ‘abuse’

28 August 2012 - 1:00am

War on Want took part in a demonstration today against the alleged human rights violations committed by the London-based global metals and mining giant Vedanta Resources.

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