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Any future government must ‘hand power back to workers’ says War on Want

15 May 2017 - 2:45pm

The priority of any future government must be to hand power back to workers to allow them to claim their rights and feel secure enough to challenge poor pay and abusive conditions. Workers in insecure employment, on precarious contracts, such as zero hours or bogus self-employment, are often too afraid of speaking out for fear of losing their job or future work.  Any future government serious about the rights of workers must ensure workers are secure enough to claim their rights.

'It's not rocket science': government czar misses the point on zero-hours

9 May 2017 - 1:45pm

This is not about how much bosses know or don't know when it comes to appreciating their workforce, it's about whether workers are able to claim their rights and feel secure enough to push back against poor pay and bad practices.

BDS is a legitimate means of protest against human rights abuse, says War on Want

27 April 2017 - 12:15pm

Campaigning for BDS is a legitimate means of protest, a fact that has been affirmed time and time again by bodies such as the European Union. It’s effectiveness is one of the main reasons why there is an organised campaign led by the Israeli government to shut it down. Students have every right to use their democratic rights to organise and exercise freedom of expression, and should be applauded for calling out violations of international law and human rights abuse.

Malmström attempts to reboot TTIP in visit to USA

25 April 2017 - 4:30pm

Millions across Europe opposed the EU-US trade deal TTIP,  while Barack Obama was in office, now the people of Europe will not accept an even more extreme Donald Trump version of this hated secret deal.

Fox and Trump team up to gut banking rules, risking new financial crisis

13 April 2017 - 5:00pm

The UK confirmed today that it is keen to ensure the deregulation of financial services is included in a new trade deal with the USA - a move which threatens to unpick critical banking regulations and risks triggering a new financial crisis.

Farmer not ‘qualified’ to speak on destruction of his livelihood, says government

7 April 2017 - 11:00am

The Home Office has denied a visa to a Madagascan farmer due to speak in London about the environmental and social impact of Rio Tinto’s QMM mineral sands mine and its ‘biodiversity offset’ scheme on his community.  

War on Want announces new Executive Director

4 April 2017 - 9:00am

War on Want has appointed Asad Rehman, Head of International Climate at Friends of the Earth, as its new Executive Director. Asad will join the anti-poverty charity in May 2017.

El Salvador mining ban a victory for democracy over corporate greed

30 March 2017 - 11:45am

El Salvador has become the first country in the world to pass a nationwide ban on metal mining. This is a historic moment for El Salvador and for a social movement which has long demanded that the needs of the people and environment of El Salvador supersede mining industry profits.

War on Want patron Omar Barghouti enters fourth day of interrogation by Israeli authorities

22 March 2017 - 5:30pm

This repressive treatment of Omar Barghouti and other Palestinian human rights defenders shows that Israel is cementing its system of violence and discrimination towards Palestinians. The repression of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists only proves why it is so necessary in the first place, and will only make the movement grow more.

£400 million ‘corporate court’ case highlights need to abolish ISDS system

22 March 2017 - 4:15pm

A private justice case in which Canada was sued for £400 million ($500 million) by a pharmaceutical corporation has ended in favour of the state – highlighting the urgent need for the ‘corporate court’ system to be abolished.

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