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Taylor Review: there’s nothing modern about exploitation

11 July 2017 - 12:15am

 

Tuesday 11 July, 2017

Responding to the recommendations made in the Matthew Taylor Review on Modern Employment, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“Matthew Taylor’s recommendations are toothless and will do little to end the exploitation and abuse of workers. For the most marginalised, women and migrant workers, who are treated as commodities not human beings, this report is a missed opportunity to end the unfair employment practices that blight their lives.

UK government complicit in Saudi Arabia’s war crimes, no matter what the high court says

10 July 2017 - 1:00pm

The court’s decision is dangerous, as it lends added legitimacy to a poorly regulated arms trade that allows for profit to be made from death and destruction, says War on Want.

St Barts Strike for Fair Pay

4 July 2017 - 6:15pm

Today, whilst politicians discussed the public sector pay cap, workers at St Barts NHS Hospital Trust went on strike to demand a 3% pay rise. The largely black and migrant workers work for SERCO, as cleaners, porters and security staff. Serco is a multimillion pound company that has profited from outsourcing and privitisation in the NHS.

Morning Star: HSBC Targeted Over Arm Sales

3 July 2017 - 11:30am

If HSBC is serious about a commitment to human rights, its first step must be to immediately end its business relationship with companies that sell weapons to Israel, says War on Want.

Trump visit: Government must not 'cosy up' to US president

3 July 2017 - 10:15am

The last thing the UK government should be offering is a veneer of respectability to someone who promotes divisive and reactionary policies such as Muslim and refugee bans.

A People's Food Policy launched

29 June 2017 - 12:15pm

War on Want joined over 80 food and farming organisations in producing "A People's Food Policy". The policy briefing is a ground-breaking manifesto outlining a people’s vision of food and farming in England. The report draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organisations, NGOs, trade unions, community projects, small businesses and individuals.

The government played the public for fools, and lost

28 June 2017 - 1:30pm

War on Want in Red Pepper. The recent High Court ruling against the government proves that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics are totally legitimate. They are legal ways to hold government and companies to account, and they are being fought so hard because they are so effective.

Thousands take on the fight for decent housing in South Africa

27 June 2017 - 4:15pm

Close to ten thousand shack dwellers and people living in informal housing took to the streets of Durban to protest against state sanctioned violence against them. The protest, held yesterday, was to draw attention to the fact that shack dwellers, hostel dwellers and those living in squalid government housing are being killed during violent eviction clashes with police and anti-land invasion units. 

A victory for local democracy and the BDS movement

27 June 2017 - 3:00pm

War on Want in Ethical Consumer. When it comes to taking on abusive regimes it is clear that local council divestment works. This victory will give new energy to our movement to stand up for human rights and justice.

Report: Bad Company – BP, human rights and corporate crimes

24 June 2017 - 11:15am

Ahead of the announcement of the winner of the BP Portrait Award on Tuesday 20th June, our friends at Culture Unstained issued a formal complaint to the National Portrait Gallery, alleging BP’s human rights record breaches the Gallery’s own ethics rules.

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