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Campaigners win legal challenge over government’s 'anti-democratic' pension regulation

22 June 2017 - 12:30pm

Today the High Court ruled that the government cannot block local councils from divesting from companies complicit in human rights abuses. This is a victory for local democracy and the fight for human rights. 

BBC investigation highlights BAE’s deadly deals and UK’s role in arming repression

15 June 2017 - 3:15pm

The BBC report simply underscores the central role that the UK government plays in arming repression around the world. It makes a mockery of any commitment to democracy and human rights. The UK government has a serious case to answer in allowing these deadly deals to be done.

Judicial review into government’s attack on local democracy begins

14 June 2017 - 10:30am

A judicial review over the UK government’s controversial new pension investment regulations begins today. The government has a serious case to answer when it blocks local communities from taking ethical stances against the likes of G4S whose complicity in the abuse of Palestinians’ human rights is proven.

Migration has not undermined public services, it has strengthened them

13 June 2017 - 8:45am

Migrant workers have long made an essential contribution to public services, such as the NHS and social care, where employers recruit migrants in order to keep services running. We must  stand with migrant workers.

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.

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.

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