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Reaction: Colombian Elections

19 June 2018 - 12:00pm

Responding to the victory of far-right candidate Ivan Duque in the second round of Colombia's presidential election, War on Want's Senior International Programmes Officer (Latin America), says: 

Press Comment: Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court Ruling

13 June 2018 - 2:30pm

Responding to the Supreme Court judgement on the Pimlico Plumbers case, Owen Espley, labour rights campaigner at War on Want, says:
 
“New technology does not mean no rights. This is a victory for common sense and will benefit ordinary people all over the country who are denied basic rights such as holiday and sick pay. 
 
It is a stinging rebuke to the government for failing to uphold the law and forcing people to fight for their rights.
 

MPs across parties call for suspension of arms sales to Israel

24 May 2018 - 10:00am

A cross-party group of MPs have called for a suspension of arms sales to Israel in an Early Day Motion tabled on 23 May 2018.

MPs from across political parties have expressed dismay over the UK Government’s response to Israel’s killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza, with particular questions on the legality of UK arms sales to Israel.

Reaction: UK abstention from UN Gaza vote makes a mockery of commitment to international law

19 May 2018 - 9:00am

Trusting that Israel can fairly and neutrally investigate its own war crimes is an insult to any common sense definition of justice, and makes a mockery of the UK’s stated commitment to international law, human rights, and accountability

Press release: BP’s Manchester shareholder meeting faces protest over fracking and human rights abuses

16 May 2018 - 11:45am

Oil company’s first ever Annual General Meeting in Manchester faces protest with participants from communities affected by BP’s operations in Argentina and Colombia.

Campaigners bring demands of affected communities to Anglo-American AGM

4 May 2018 - 5:00pm

Despite breaking news of its divestment from the Nautilus deep sea mining project, Anglo-American, one of the world’s largest mining companies, still faces a barrage of criticism over the devastating impacts of its operations worldwide.

McStrike to spread nationwide on 1 May

27 April 2018 - 12:00pm

  • Workers on strike at five McDonald’s stores on 1 May after strike ballot returned with over 95 percent support for industrial action.
  • UK McDonald’s workers went on strike for the first time ever last September. This time, workers in Crayford and Cambridge will be joined by colleagues from three new stores in Manchester and Watford, hometown of McDonald’s Global CEO Steve Easterbrook.
  • Over 90,000 #McStrike tweets were sent in the week before and after the first McStrike.
  • In January, McDonalds responded to September’s strike with largest pay increase for a decade.

HSBC grilled over complicity in human rights abuse by shareholders and campaigners at Friday’s AGM

23 April 2018 - 5:00pm

  • HSBC’s annual general meeting on Friday was attended by activists from War on Want and Palestine Solidarity Campaign, asking the bank about its business dealings with companies selling weapons and military equipment to Israel
  • Over a quarter of questions asked at the AGM were about the bank’s complicity in human rights violations against Palestinians. Several referenced the bank’s criminal complicity in other abuses

HSBC faces protest for profiting from human rights abuses

17 April 2018 - 11:45am

HSBC is a major shareholder in companies which supply weapons and military equipment to Israel, which uses extensive and often lethal military against Palestinians, including the recent killing of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip.
 
Over 18,000 people around the UK have contacted HSBC Group Chief Executive John Flint, expressing their concerns on this issue, and HSBC branches in over 20 locations across the UK have been the focus of regular protests and pickets.
 

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