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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.
 

Delegation from Colombian community that stopped world’s biggest gold mine & redefined local democracy visit UK

20 March 2018 - 4:30pm

A year ago this rural community used direct democracy to stop what would have been the world’s largest gold mine. Their example has inspired 50 Colombian communities to challenge corporate exploitation through popular consultations and revolutionised the Colombian presidential debate. 25-30 March they visit London to share their vision for a just, sustainable future.

Families of massacred workers protest Lonmin’s final AGM tomorrow

13 March 2018 - 12:45pm

Families of massacred workers protest Lonmin’s final AGM tomorrow, saying corporate takeover doesn’t dissolve responsibility of mining company linked to South African president. 

Civil rights activist, bishop and lawyer representing workers at Marikana, South Africa, are in London this week to hold platinum mining company Lonmin to account over 2012 Massacre.

BREAKING: Trade deals with Occupied Western Sahara illegal, rules EU Court of Justice

27 February 2018 - 10:30am

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today ruled the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement illegal under international law, as it breaches the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination by including produce from Western Sahara, currently under military occupation by Morocco.
 

Fashion brand Uniqlo’s sponsorship of Tate Modern in the spotlight over garment worker exploitation

23 February 2018 - 4:15pm

Last night, campaigners projected a series of messages to UNIQLO CEO, Tadashi Yanai demanding that the Japanese fast fashion chain takes responsibility for 2000 workers, collectively owed $5.5 million in unpaid wages and severance payments.
 
 

Comment: Supreme Court must find for worker's rights in gig economy case

20 February 2018 - 11:30am

Speaking ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the ‘Pimlico Plumbers’ Gig Economy Case, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The supreme court case must confirm what many courts have already decided, that claiming these workers were self-employed is a ploy to dodge taxes and deny worker’s rights, such as holiday and sick pay.

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