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Solidarity from Sri Lanka for TUC Britain Needs A Pay Rise march 18 October

16 October 2014, Latest news

Solidarity message from War on Want partners FTZ-GSEU in Sri Lanka for UK workers on the TUC Britain Needs A Pay Rise march 18 October 2014

We have received this fantastic message of solidarity from Anton Marcus, Joint Secretary of our partners FTZ-GSEU in Sri Lanka, to all those workers marching in London, Glasgow and Belfast on Saturday 18 October. Since 1982, the FTZ&GSEU has fought against violations of labour rights in the workplace and the government's attempts at suppressing workers' rights and freedom of association. With 16,000 members in 22 branches, the FTZ-GSEU is the largest trade union in Sri Lanka. 

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TTIP Day 1

15 October 2014, Latest news

This new video against TTIP, the EU-US treaty that threatens to undermine our democracy, our jobs and our public services, was simply too good not to share. Many thanks to our friends at Agir pour la Paix in Belgium for producing the English version too!

 

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No to MIPIM Yes to Right to the City

15 October 2014, Latest news

War on Want supports the call by housing and trade union activists to say “No to MIPIM”. MIPIM gathers the most influential international property players from all sectors for 4 days of networking, learning and transactions. MIPIM infringes on the people’s rights to the city as it takes away democratic access to the city by promoting housing and land use that is privatised and profit-driven for the benefit of the richest 1%, whilst destroying communities and keeping millions in poverty. MIPIM is targeted at around 20,000 bankers, investors, property developers, estate agents, landlords and politicians all of whom are seeking to promote private rents of up to 80% of the market rate. Their push towards global corporate hotel, tourism and leisure operations will see local businesses destroyed and jobs lost. MIPIM also has on its agenda the privatisation of health care in the UK.

War on Want supports the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City; the Radical Housing Network; housing activist groups and trade unions’ calls for housing justice. War on Want believes that all people have a right the city. This right includes people’s right to reclaim, use, shape and remake our urban surroundings. The right to the city is people’s rights to live and work in the city. It is about democratic control over the city, with the right to access, occupy and use urban space.

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Fury over trade deals rises

09 October 2014, Press releases

Many people will take to the streets around Britain on Saturday as the public speak out against the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in towns and cities across Europe.

The charity War on Want warns that TTIP would cost at least one million jobs between the EU and US and prevent any future UK government repealing the Health and Social Care Act and bringing the NHS back into public hands.

Campaigners from the charity will join a London demonstration, while many other anti-TTIP activists stage protests elsewhere in Britain, ranging far and wide, from Edinburgh north of the border to Brighton on England’s south coast.

Tens of thousands of people, with hundreds of organisations in 21 European countries, will oppose the deal.

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TTIP: the Al Jazeera debate

03 October 2014, Latest news

To mark this week's seventh round of negotiations towards TTIP, the EU-US treaty that threatens to undermine our democracy, our jobs and our public services for ever, Al Jazeera hosted a live debate in its Washington DC studio to explore exactly what is at risk. John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, delivered the case for the prosecution - and it was a lively one! Watch the programme and post-show here:

 

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The Great Seed Festival – Celebrating the seeds that feed us

03 October 2014, Previous events

 Friday 10 - Sunday 12 October 2014

@ Garden Museum
Lambeth Palace Road
London
SE1 7LB

The Great Seed Festival is a UK-wide celebration being held to recognise and celebrate the importance of seed. On 10-12 October, London will host a hub of activities at the Garden Museum.

This includes the London premiere of award winning documentary, GMO OMG, on 10 October at 6:30-10:30 pm.

On Saturday 11 October, the EU-wide Day of Action on TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Haidee-Laure Giles from War on Want will be speaking at 2.30pm, giving a basic introduction to this secretive ‘free-trade’ deal, exploring how and why it threatens EU and US citizens generally, and how it endangers our seed, food and farming specifically.

For more information, please download the event's programme.

The Great Seed Festival takes place around the country, with a host of collaborators putting on events nationwide at various times throughout October 2014 - Food Sovereignty Month. For more information, please visit the website.

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War on Want's partner the National Garment Worker’s Federation receives a prestigious Human Rights Award

30 September 2014, Latest news

Amirul Haque Amin at at rally

Amirul Haque Amin, president of NGWF, will receive the prestigious City of Nuremberg Human Rights Award as a recognition of his and NGWF's struggle to improve the rights of garment workers in Bangladesh. Most especially this is a recognition of NGWF’s important work to make international garment giants such as H&M, GAP and ASDA/Walmart accountable for working conditions in their supply chains, where workers toil for long hours under often dangerous conditions, not earning a living wage and lacking fundamental union rights.

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Leaked documents reveal EU-Canada trade deal a ‘sham’

24 September 2014, Latest news

Canada Europe flagTrade justice campaigners today branded any suggestion of a conclusion of EU-Canada trade negotiations a 'sham' and a 'PR stunt', as internal documents reveal outstanding disagreements between the European Commission and EU member states over controversial new powers for foreign investors.

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Leaked documents reveal EU-Canada trade deal a ‘sham’

24 September 2014, Press releases

Trade justice campaigners today branded any suggestion of a conclusion of EU-Canada trade negotiations a 'sham' and a 'PR stunt', as internal documents reveal outstanding disagreements between the European Commission and EU member states over controversial new powers for foreign investors.

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Tags: CETA | Europe | trade justice | TTIP

   

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Vince Cable letter to MPs on TTIP: a point-by-point refutation

23 September 2014, Latest news

War on Want members and supporters have been contacting their MPs to protest about the dangers of TTIP, the EU-US trade deal that threatens to undermine jobs, public services and our democracy itself. Now MPs have been contacted by Vince Cable, the Secretary of State responsible for the negotiations, with a letter trying to downplay our concerns. The letter (which can be downloaded from this page) is a wilful misrepresentation of the truth, and we have been asked to provide a blow-by-blow refutation of his claims.

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Tesco challenged on ethics in global supply chains

22 September 2014, Latest news

Tesco was publicly challenged today over its abuse of suppliers around the world, as the company reeled from the crisis brought on by its overstatement of £250 million in profits. Watch this clip from Channel 4 News as John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, challenges Tesco over its unethical treatment of suppliers and warns of the consequences of any new supermarket price war.

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Tags: campaigns | fighting supermarket power | superrmarkets & sweatshops

   

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TTIP - download our free PowerPoint presentation

19 September 2014, Latest news

Picture1 We've been getting a lot of calls here at War on Want HQ from you, about TTIP.

You're telling us how enraged you are about this corporate power grab, the effect it will have on jobs, rights and the NHS.

You're telling us you want more resources to help you mobilise resistance around the UK.

So we've put together this presentation. We hope it's useful! We've been inspired by how many of you have been moved by the injustice TTIP will bring.

If you haven't heard about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, you can read about it here.

Together, we can stop TTIP!

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Sarath Fernando: “A Better World is Possible”

18 September 2014, Latest news

Sarath amended 2War on Want is profoundly saddened by the death of Sarath Fernando, the founder of one of War on Want’s long term partners in Sri Lanka, the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR). We would like to send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and comrades.

Sarath was an ardent defender of social justice and the concept of food sovereignty as well as a great thinker and writer.

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Report Back: Don't Mention The Garment Workers

12 September 2014, Latest news

On Friday 12 September 2014, as London Fashion Week Started we took action to London Fashion Week tells a story of fashion that keeps the dark side of the industry in the shadows.

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‘Don’t mention the garment workers’

12 September 2014, Press releases

NEWS PEG:  Friday, 12 September 2014   London Fashion Week opens

Protesters today are taking action to mark the opening of London Fashion week with the message “Don’t mention the garment workers”.

Activists are highlighting an event which, they say, promotes the creativity of the UK’s fashion industry, but is silent over the millions of workers who produce clothes for high street chains, often working long hours on poverty pay in unsafe conditions.

The demonstration, organised by the anti-poverty charity War on Want, is taking place in view of London Fashion Week’s opening nearby at Somerset House.

Just before the catwalk shows begin, campaigners are sending the message to London Fashion Week “Don’t Mention The Garment Workers”.

War on Want senior campaigner Owen Espley said: “London Fashion Week is a glittering showcase for the fashion industry. But fashion’s dark side is kept in the shadows.

“The British Fashion Council would rather we all forget about those who often work long hours, on poverty pay, in unsafe conditions to produce the clothes we love.

“We can love fashion, but hate sweatshops and want a fashion week that lives up to its responsibility to all the workers who make the fashion we buy. The time has come for London Fashion Week to mention the garment workers.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

  • All major UK brands who are members of the Ethical Trading Initiative have signed a pledge to pay workers a living wage. None currently does so.

  • London Fashion Week is promoting itself as big business, stating that orders estimated at £100 million will be placed  during  the event. This is enough to pay a month’s wages for 2.4 million Bangladeshi garment workers who earn a mere £42 each month.

  • The minimum wage for clothing factory staff in Bangladesh – where brands such as Primark and Next source clothes – is only £42 a month.
  • The protest comes only days after Primark’s parent company, Associated British Foods, announced over £600 million operating profit for the fashion chain in the year to 13 September.

  • It also follows hard on the heels of Next reporting £324 million profit in the six months to the end of July.

  • In addition, the demonstration will raise concerns over garment workers in developing countries toiling up to 14 hours a day, large numbers of them suffering physical and verbal abuse, besides living in slum housing.

CONTACT

War on Want media officer Paul Collins

(+44) (0)20 7324 5054 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

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