Securing Democracy in UK Trade Policy: Developing a transparent and democratic approach to trade agreements

November 2017

The UK Government has introduced a new Trade Bill, but provisions to make trade policy accountable to Parliament are sorely lacking and must be incorporated. The Government currently has unchecked powers to negotiate and ratify trade agreements in secret without public or Parliamentary oversight. This huge democratic deficit must be corrected.

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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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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. 

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Deadly Investments

July 2017

UK banks and financial institutions facilitate and profit from Israel's militarism, making them complicit in Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people.

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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.

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Parliamentary Briefing June 2017

June 2017

As Brexit negotiations begin, War on Want believes that it is of paramount importance that the government retains elements of EU law that fundamentally contribute to fighting poverty and inequality, and guaranteeing human rights for all. As the government sets out its priorities, this briefing sets out War on Want's concerns and recommendations.

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Briefing: Democratising UK Trade Policy - Why it Matters to us All

May 2017

Modern trade and investment deals cover almost every aspect of everyday life: from healthcare to environmental and labour standards, and international development. This makes them everybody's business. The UK's arrangements for public and parliamentary engagement with and scrutiny of trade are woefully inadequate and need to be reformed before Brexit takes place.

This briefing is published by War on Want, alongside the Trade Justice Movement, Global Justice Now, Unison, and Friends of the Earth.

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Briefing: Key Issues in UK Trade Policy Post-Brexit

May 2017

Trade and investment deals have a huge impact on almost all aspects of daily life. This briefing provides an introduction to what modern trade and investment deals are, and how they affect our lives. 

This briefing is published by War on Want, alongside the Trade Justice Movement, Global Justice Now and Unison.

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Eritreans Exploited: UK corporate complicity in human rights abuses

May 2017

Eritrea is one of the most repressive states in the world: no elections since 1993; a crackdown on press freedom; forced labour; arbitrary arrest and detention without trial; indefinite compulsory military conscription; and sexual violence against women and girls.

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Leaflet: Stand With Migrant Workers

May 2017

War on Want believes in decent work and a living wage for all, regardless of immigration status. Only by protecting equal social and labour rights for all workers can we stop a race to the bottom where employers drive down working conditions for everyone. 

 

Read more in our handy A5 leafet. 

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Reaction: UK abstention from UN vote on Protection of Palestinian Civilians

18 June 2018 - 11:15am
Responding to the UK's abstention from the UN General Assembly vote on the Protection of the Palestinian Civilian Population, War on Want's senior campaigner on militarism and security Ryvka Barnard, said: 
 
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Press Comment: Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court Ruling

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Responding to the Supreme Court judgement on the Pimlico Plumbers case, Owen Espley, labour rights campaigner at War on Want, says:
 
“New technology does not mean no rights. This is a victory for common sense and will benefit ordinary people all over the country who are denied basic rights such as holiday and sick pay. 
 
It is a stinging rebuke to the government for failing to uphold the law and forcing people to fight for their rights.
 
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