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Precarious contracts lie at the root of Asos's appalling treatment of workers

30 September 2016 - 3:15pm

A new report says Asos warehouse staff are unable to take toilet breaks and are being fired for having panic attacks. Asos has a serious case to answer when it treats workers in this way. Precarious contracts lie at the root of this abuse, with bosses holding all the power workers are too afraid to challenge appalling treatment for fear of losing their job. 

‘Arrogant, anti-democratic’ government ignores results of its own consultation

27 September 2016 - 5:00pm

The government has given itself the power to overrule the democratic process and block local councils from making investment decisions in line with community values. In doing so it ignored 98% of those who responded to its consultation.

Colombia peace: tackling rampant inequality crucial to lasting deal

26 September 2016 - 12:00pm

The central feature of the conflict has always been the rampant inequality, so solving the social, environmental and political problems still present in Colombia rests on the participation of a majority of Colombians, without fear of reprisal. Yet it is worrying that in the wake of the announcement of the end of the conflict, there has been a spike in violence over the last month.

EU-Canada trade deal CETA ‘must be stopped’

23 September 2016 - 2:45pm

CETA is a recipe for economic doom in the EU. MEPs have highlighted that it is now clear that CETA is also a threat to workers’ rights and public services, and that the ISDS ‘corporate court’ mechanism is not fit for purpose. The time has come to stop this deal for good.

UK government block on local councils’ ethical investments 'an attack on democracy'

22 September 2016 - 10:45am

The government’s latest act is an attack on democracy and explicit clamp down on the growing strength of the grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which aims to end government and corporate complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

Putting democracy at the heart of food production in Sri Lanka

21 September 2016 - 4:00pm

In Sri Lanka, War on Want’s partner, The Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR), is supporting farmers to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, following decades of war and conflict.

CETA deal spells economic doom for the EU, new study warns

21 September 2016 - 12:00pm

EU-Canada trade deal CETA will lead to hundreds of thousands of lost jobs, lower wages for workers and will damage trade between EU countries, according to a new study. 

SACOM launch UNIQLO video

20 September 2016 - 4:15pm

London Fashion Week has kicked off, and once again the focus is on the clothes at the expense of the millions of people making them.

Drone Campaign Network: New briefing launch event

20 September 2016 - 12:45pm

Event date: Monday 3 October 2016 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Location: Friends House Bookshop. Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE

War on Want is proud to be a member of the Drone Campaign Network, launching a new briefing on 3 October 2016. Join us for the launch event!

Local democracy under attack

15 September 2016 - 4:45pm

In response to the report in The Daily Telegraph (‘Councils face ban on using public funds to boycott Israel’  13 September 2016 by Christopher Hope) suggesting that a ban – which requires new legislation in Parliament – will be introduced in November to stop Councils using public funds to boycott Israel, Ryvka Barnard, Senior Militarism and Security Campaigner War on Want, said:

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