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UK trade bill launched within hours of public ‘consultation’ closing

7 November 2017 - 12:45pm

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP, launched a new trade bill today. Although the bill will return power over trade negotiations from the EU to the UK, that power has not reached the public: the bill launched within hours of a public consultation closing, meaning the input of thousands of responses from members of the public could not have been considered.

UNIQLO: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR WORKERS

The fashion giant UNIQLO has caved to our demands twice, and we need to make them do it again. UNIQLO leaves behind a trail of serious labour violations wherever they go and this time, the workers who made their clothes in Indonesia are suffering.

 

The PT Jaba Garmindo factory in Indonesia closed down and around 4000 people found themselves unemployed and broke, with four months of wages and severance payments owing. Support the garment workers fighting for what is owed to them. 

 

 

E-MAIL BHP: STOP THE MINING INJUSTICE

 

From October 14-19, War on Want's partner MAB (Movement of People Affected by Dams) from Brazil, and Indigenous Wayuu representatives from Colombia will be in London. They have come to challenge BHP - the world's biggest mining company - about its continued violation of their rights as Indigenous and Afro-descendant mining-affected communities. 

Corporations like BHP lie at the heart of the fossil fuel industry and enjoy the benefits of tax breaks and subsidies in the UK, yet remain wholly unaccountable for the impacts of their operations outside of the UK. 

Migrant and Precarious Workers are Winning Britain a Pay Rise!

17 October 2017 - 3:00pm

Migrant and precarious workers are winning Britain a pay rise. Migrant and precarious workers are leading the fights to get organised. They are tackling precarious work, outsourcing and privatisation, the real drivers of low pay and insecurity at work.  Despite facing stigmatisation by a media that too often blames them for low pay and insecurity at work, they are standing up for themselves and winning. Their struggles tell an important story about how Britain can win a pay rise: by standing with migrant workers and ending precarious contracts.

Open Letter: To University Of London on Outsourced Workers

25 October 2017 - 12:15pm

25 October 2017

War on Want's Executive Director  wrote to Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of London  to ask him to meet with the IWGB union which represents the largely black and migrant outsourced workforce. The workers there are fighting to be brought back in house to have equal terms and conditions to in-house staff.  

Up Front: Brexit & the challenges we face

October 2017

In this edition, read about the challenges we face as we negotiate trade, workers' rights, and social justice throughout Brexit. We also introduce you to the next phase of our Stop Arming Israel campaign, calling on HSBC to end their complicity in Israel's violations of international law. Read too about the fight for labour rights in Sri Lanka, the struggles and resistance to extractivism in Tunisia, and Colombia's win for people power. 

Up Front: Brexit and the challenges we face

North Africa and West Asia: Voices of Resistance, Struggles for Social Justice

October 2017

With all the momentous changes unleashed by the Arab uprisings in 2011, the intensification of social struggles and the opening up of new horizons for radical change in the North Africa and West Asia (NAWA) region, War on Want has decided to create a new programme specifically focused on this area. Our aim is to platform the voices of progressive, organised, representative social movements, women, community and worker led collectives, giving emphasis to resistance and social justice struggles.

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