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Anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building

24 April 2014, Previous events

War on Want activists were joined by author Tansy Hoskins and comedian Mark Thomas at the Gap shop on Kensington High Street in London to put the spotlight on Gap’s refusal to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord on the anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building.

Activists piled rubble in front of the shop’s windows, posting signs reading ‘Mind the safety Gap’.  

War on Want supporters were joined by Labour Behind the Label, an NGO supporting garment workers worldwide, members of the GMB union and dozens of concerned citizens at Gap’s flagship store on Oxford Street.  

A human chain was formed down Oxford Street as a memorial to the over 1100 victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.  Amirul Haque Amin, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation, War on Want’s partner organisation in Bangladesh, slated the brands for their failure to pay up to the Rana Plaza compensation fund, and singled out Gap for criticism for its failure to sign the Safety Accord.

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All London photos by iDJ Photography. Manchester photo by David Wright

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‘Deathtrap’ protests target Kate favourite Gap

24 April 2014, Press releases

Mark Thomas, Katharine Hamnett in demos over safety plan

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40,000 Chinese workers on strike in factories supplying Nike and Adidas

23 April 2014, Latest news

Only weeks after War on Want hit out at Nike for exploiting Indonesian employees producing England’s World Cup shirts, around 40,000 Chinese workers making Nike shoes are on strike for better pay, besides housing and pension money owed to them.

The strike, including managers, began on the same day as the England shirts exposure, and police have detained some of the workers.

War on Want’s partners the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour and Worker Empowerment, jointly with the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and other civil society groups in China, are demanding the local government of the Chinese city of Dongguang and the Yue Yuen factory owners to comply with labour laws and to release the detained workers. They also hold brands -Nike, Adidas and Timberland- responsible for ignoring labour laws and turning a blind eye to workers’ rights violations in the Yue Yuen factory.

Sign a letter in solidairty with the workers here

 

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Tags: china | corporations & conflict | fashion victims | overseas news | sweatshops

   

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Bill Gates attacked over G4S child prisoners 'shame'

17 April 2014, Press releases

The philanthropic body run by the world’s richest person, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, today faced accusations that the charity is complicit in the torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian detainees, including child prisoners.

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Challenging Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake in G4S

17 April 2014, Latest news

Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, have launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake from the world’s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S.

On 17 April, Palestinian prisoners’ day, campaigners from London, Johannesburg, to New York and Seattle visited Gates Foundation offices to deliver a petition calling on the Gates Foundation to divest.

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Tags: bds | campaigns | g4s | palestine

   

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Politics for People campaign launches across EU

15 April 2014, Press releases

Today, War on Want is one of a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe launching a campaign to demand that candidates for the upcoming European elections (on 22 May) stand up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business.

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Tags: campaigns | Europe | trade justice | TTIP

   

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Rogue firms nominated for badge of shame

08 April 2014, Press releases

Three of the world’s biggest companies have been shortlisted for a new corporate shame award, to be voted on by the British public next month.

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The votes have been counted

04 April 2014, Latest news

Members of War on Want play an important part in shaping the future of our organisation, by exercising their democratic right to vote at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). At this year's AGM on 22 March, two resolutions were presented to the meeting.

The first was a Special Resolution proposed by our Council of Management to allow members to nominate their proxy vote online to help reduce costs and make it easier for people to engage and have a say. The great news is that this resolution was passed! This means from next year onwards, as well as voting in person on the day or using a paper ballot to nominate a proxy, members will also have the ability to nominate their proxy vote online.

The second resolution put forward by one of our members, proposed that the AGM should be held in a major city outside of London every four years. This resolution was also passed!

This just goes to show the impact our members can have and the truly democratic nature of our decision making. We think our members are amazing! If you're not one already, you can join us here.

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Call on the Gates Foundation to divest its $170m stake from G4S

03 April 2014, Latest news

Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, have launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its $170m stake from G4S.

G4S is highly complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and is particularly complicit in the imprisonment of the over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently being held in Israeli jails, including child prisoners.

Sign the online petition here. Tell the Gates Foundation to divest now!

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MPs call on UN to monitor human rights in Western Sahara

03 April 2014, Press releases

The UN Security Council must extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission to Western Sahara so that it can monitor and protect human rights, an all-party group of British MPs said today.

The call comes in the report of the first ever British parliamentary delegation to the Occupied Territory of Western Sahara, released two weeks before the UN Security Council’s scheduled debate on the issue.

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Tags: campaigns | western sahara

   

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Frontlines conference and tour

27 March 2014, Previous events

Hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds joined War on Want’s annual conference, The New Frontlines of War, on 22 March 2014, and the subsequent tour to cities around the UK. It was an incredible series of events of analysis, art and action on corporate abuse, struggles over the control of resources and the aggressive spread of militarism.

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Shell blasted amid poverty, conflict

20 March 2014, Press releases

Shell will come under fire on Saturday, World Water Day, when a Nigerian campaigner speaks out in London against the Anglo-Dutch corporation exploiting oil, as thousands of people face grim hardship, including lack of running water.

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Tags: conflict zones | Nigeria | overseas work | resources & conflict

   

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RIP Tony Benn, 1925-2014

14 March 2014, Latest news

War on Want pays tribute to Tony Benn, a great internationalist and a long-term supporter of War on Want.

We will continue to draw inspiration from his life and his many achievements in reaffirming our commitment to the fight for justice around the world. He was a true comrade, and we will miss him.

Tony Benn 2

 

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Oil uprising: Two decades after Ken Saro-Wiwa’s death, the Ogoni struggle is reigniting

12 March 2014, Latest news

Nigeria erupted in protest in January 2012 when the government announced it was to remove the subsidy on domestic fuel supplies. Despite exporting 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, Nigeria doesn’t have the refining capacity to meet domestic demand and has to import petrol. The fuel subsidy uprising went on for almost two weeks and offered a glimpse of the country’s simmering social unrest.

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Tags: conflict zones | Nigeria | overseas work | resources & conflict

   

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RIP Bob Crow, a staunch internationalist

11 March 2014, Latest news

Bob Crow

We at War on Want are greatly saddened at the passing of Bob Crow, a staunch ally in the fight for workers' rights. We remember him as a friend of Palestine, a champion of working people, and someone who was undaunted in standing up for what he believed in. 

Our condolences go out to his family and friends, and all of those whose lives his touched. Many individuals have a better quality of life thanks to the battles he fought.

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