123 garment workers killed in a factory fire
26 November 2012
More than 120 people died on Saturday after a fire broke out in a nine-store garment factory just outside of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. Fire-fighter officials rescued hundreds of workers that took shelter on the roof of the factory but were unable to rescue those trapped within the building which were burnt alive. Some workers died after jumping from the building trying to escape the flames. The death toll is expected to rise as many people are still missing.Add Comment
In memory of Khorshed Alam, a tireless labour rights activist
19 November 2012
|Khorshed Alam, the Executive Director of the Alternative Movement for Resources and Freedom Society (AMRF), passed away suddenly on Saturday 17 November 2012 at the age of 46. Khorshed was a tireless activist who fought hard to improve the lives of millions of garment workers and their families in Bangladesh.|
Thousands of farm workers in South Africa continue to speak out
16 November 2012
Farm workers in the Western Cape are determined. They rejected the call for a two-week suspension of the strike by the main trade unions. Instead, the strike is spreading to new areas, with farm workers from Citrusdal joining in today. They continue to demand R150/day (about £10/day), which does not amount to a living wage, and improved living and working conditions.Add Comment
War on Want statement on Israel’s assault on Gaza
15 November 2012
On 14 November 2012, the Israeli army began attacking Gaza with drones, Apache helicopters, F-16 fighter jets, and naval vessels. Israel launched its offensive dubbed Operation Pillar of Defence with the assassination of Ahmed al-Jabari, chief of staff of Hamas’ military wing. Following this attack, a series of airstrikes were launched, targeting civilian areas throughout occupied Gaza. Fears of military escalation are now rising, especially after the Israeli army dropped leaflets in the north of Gaza warning of an overland invasion in the area. War on Want is in touch with Palestinian and international human rights campaigners reporting from inside Gaza’s already strained hospitals as the number of injured continues to rise.Add Comment
World’s first International Street Vendors Day
14 November 2012
The first ever International Street Vendors Day is being celebrated across the world today. From now on 14 November will be a day calling for recognition of the contribution of street vendors to national development and to raise awareness on the significant challenges vendors face.Add Comment
Join the European Day of Action on Austerity
13 November 2012
On Wednesday 14 November 2012, general strikes are taking place across Europe against the devastating austerity packages being imposed. This is the first Europe-wide coordinated day of action against austerity. General strikes are taking place in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Malta. The ETUC European Trade Union Confederation's is supporting solidarity action across the rest of Europe, including Britain where a series of protests and rallies are being organised.
War on Want will be joining the London action outside the European Commission - join us.Add Comment
Strike of farm workers in South Africa
13 November 2012
South Africa. Western Cape. 5.30 am. The phone is already ringing at the office of War on Want’s partner Sikhula Sonke to give news that farm workers are going on solidarity strikes and the movement is growing.Add Comment
Join the global week of action against Adidas
06 November 2012
This week we are joining activists from around the globe to take part in a targeted week of action to get justice for 2,800 workers who have been fighting for the US$1.8 million owed to them in severance pay. Adidas still refuse to pay a penny.Add Comment
Econo..What? Free online book club launched
01 November 2012
In November 2012 War on Want and partner organisations launched Econo...What? a free online book club on economy, money & austerity. Knowledge is power. Join in today!Add Comment
Honduran sovereignty saved!
23 October 2012
Last week our partner the Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH), alongside several other organisations, won a historical battle when the Honduran Supreme Court ruled Charter Cities as unconstitutional for removing national territory from government control.
The proposed Charter Cities are similar to the export processing enclaves established in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Singapore. They foster wealth creation for the privileged elite, whilst worsening inequality and bypassing labour and environmental laws by becoming states-within-states with their own laws, tax rules and police forces. No to Charter Cities!
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