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Theresa May's NHS sacrifice to seal Trump deal is 'TTIP all over again'

27 January 2017 - 8:45am

The prime minister suggests UK health services could be part of a US trade deal. It would be no surprise at all if Theresa May offered up the NHS when you consider that the UK government has already done exactly the same in TTIP. 

£3 an hour UK garment workers reveals 'ugly face of the fashion industry'

23 January 2017 - 9:45am

Channel 4’s Dispatches has revealed that garment workers in the UK are being paid workers £3 an hour. These allegations reveal the ugly face of the fashion industry. Fast fashion's race to produce the latest trend drives down conditions in pursuit of ever greater profit. 

UK government’s posturing on Israel to appease Trump ‘is appalling’

17 January 2017 - 11:30am

Look beyond the blatant geo-political posturing and the real issue is as stark as ever: the UK government’s unwillingness to face up to fact that its ally, Israel, is committing war crimes. Rather than cosying up to Trump, Boris Johnson should be urging Israel to abide by international law.

'Back of the queue is the best place' for Trump’s trade deal

16 January 2017 - 12:00pm

It’s increasingly clear that the back of the queue is the best place to be when it comes a US-UK trade deal led by the administrations of Theresa May and Donald Trump.  Any such deal would be geared toward stripping ordinary people of their power and handing it to corporations and elites.

Victory for UNIQLO garment workers!

12 January 2017 - 11:15am

Uniqlo's parent company Fast Retailing bows to campaigning pressure and announces it will make its supply chain public.

Critical vote looms on Canada trade deal which forced tar sands on Europe

11 January 2017 - 4:30pm

What Big Oil companies see as 'burdensome regulations' are for millions around the world the difference between life and death. British MEPs will be among those voting tomorrow (12 January) on whether CETA is bad news for the environment, public health and food safety – ahead of a final vote on the deal in February.

'Disgraceful': Netanyahu calls for pardon of Israeli soldier who killed defenceless Palestinian

5 January 2017 - 10:15am

Benyamin Netanyahu’s call to pardon an Israeli soldier filmed shooting dead an injured and defenceless Palestinian man is disgraceful, and a stark reminder of Israeli prime minister’s lack of respect for justice, due process, rights or the law.

Government's workers’ rights tsar is 'wrong' on rogue employers and exploitation

5 January 2017 - 10:15am

David Metcalf is wrong to suggest exploitation is limited to rogue employers in the UK: with as many as 4.5 million workers in insecure work, workers increasingly live under constant fear of losing future work, meaning abuse by bosses goes unchallenged.

War on Want supports legal challenge to UK government's pension policy

16 December 2016 - 2:45pm

The government has a serious case to answer when it blocks local communities from taking ethical stances against the likes of G4S, whose complicity in the abuse of Palestinians’ human rights is proven. This week the Palestine Solidarity Campaign applied to take the government to judicial review.  War on Want and Campaign Against Arms Trade provided witness statements to support the case.

Appalling working conditions at JD Sports 'typical of precarious contracts'

16 December 2016 - 11:45am

Reports of appalling working conditions at JD Sports' warehouse are shocking yet unsurprising.  As we have seen before with retailers such as Sports Direct and Asos, this kind of exploitation is typical of precarious contracts where bosses hold all the cards and workers are too afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs.

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