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

23 April 2014

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.

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

   

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

17 April 2014

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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The votes have been counted

04 April 2014

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

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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RIP Tony Benn, 1925-2014

14 March 2014

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.

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

12 March 2014

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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RIP Bob Crow, a staunch internationalist

11 March 2014

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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Drop trade talks

10 March 2014

Read our joint letter on TTIP trade negotiations in The Times today.

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Can we reach one million for the Robin Hood Tax?

18 February 2014

Over 635,000 people have so far leant their voice to make the European Robin Hood Tax the tax we deserve. And with the support of some special friends, the campaign is looking to make the call million strong.

Starring Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy, Heike Makatsch and Javier Cámara, the new Robin Hood Tax video takes a cheeky look at what the news could report in 2024, after the tax is a huge success, of course!

 

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Life under occupation in Western Sahara

17 February 2014

John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, offers initial reflections from the first UK parliamentary delegation to occupied Western Sahara

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