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It's time for Sports Direct to stand with migrant workers

7 September 2016 - 2:15pm

Sports Direct's AGM has done little to reassure the reatiler's migrant workers.The majority of migrant warehouse staff have only been offered a ridiculously slow move to permanent contracts. It would take 28 years before they are on permanent contracts.

Israeli anti-BDS minister in London, UK government has ‘serious case to answer’

6 September 2016 - 4:30pm

An Israeli government minister who said that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists should be made to “pay the price” for their activism, is in London this week raising some serious questions about the UK’s relationship with Israel and its complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights and international law. 

Tax: Public access to country-by-country reports is a 'no-brainer'

6 September 2016 - 1:30pm

Giving the public access to these country-by-country reports is a no-brainer. Sweetheart tax deals and cosy corporate relations mean the public has lost faith that the government is collecting the tax it should. The public needs this information to hold their government to account.

People power forces Sports Direct to act, but ‘don’t be fooled’ by Mike Ashley

6 September 2016 - 10:15am

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has bowed to public pressure and has been forced to act. But the retailer’s report into its practices is just not credible.  Don't be fooled by billionaire Ashley, this is more about saving his own skin than stopping the exploitation of workers. 

Nationwide protests over Sports Direct's ‘appalling work practices’

2 September 2016 - 11:15am

Supporters of campaigning charity War on Want are organising nationwide protests outside Sports Direct stores over the retailer’s appalling treatment of its workers and use of insecure zero hour contracts. The demonstrations come ahead of Sports Direct’s 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 7 September where a Trade Union sponsored resolution has called for an independent investigation to look at ensuring workers move onto permanent contracts.

Time for governments to declare the end of TTIP and CETA

30 August 2016 - 1:00pm

Responding to news that France has demanded an end to TTIP talks, War on Want's Mark Dearn said: "It’s about time an EU government stepped up to the plate and listened to the people of Europe. Yet, opposing TTIP rings a little hollow when the same EU governments are still trying to force through the ‘Canadian TTIP’, CETA."

Pay up: Apple's 'sweetheart tax deal turns sour'

30 August 2016 - 12:30pm

Multinationals are dodging taxes on an industrial scale, leaving the public short changed. The EU has ordered Apple to pay up to €13bn in Irish taxes. This is one sweetheart deal that has turned sour for Apple.

Canada trade deal threatens food safety

29 August 2016 - 3:00pm

EU-Canada trade deal CETA is a major threat to UK food safety, a new report published by War on Want and allies in Europe and Canada warns today.

Colombia: Peace accord signed

25 August 2016 - 12:45pm

The signing of the accord is an historic moment. The survivors of violence and human rights abuses, who have long been at the forefront of the struggle for peace and justice, know only too well that the prospect of peace in Colombia does not rest solely on a deal done between the rebel groups and the state. Many more people have a stake.

Government work permit plan ‘plays into the hands of exploitative bosses’

25 August 2016 - 12:15pm

The government's plan for a work permit system for EU migrants is a recipe for eroding the pay and conditions of all workers. By creating hoops for migrant workers to jump through, there is a real danger the work permit system will push migrant workers into the shadows and into the hands of exploitative bosses.

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