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Past campaigns

War on Want has always believed that poverty is not inevitable. We know that it springs from specific and deliberate policies that make and keep people poor.

The following are some of our earlier campaigns. For our current campaigns, click here.

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Supermarkets today wield unprecedented power on a global scale. But the workers who produce those goods feel their devastating impact every day.  The Tobin Tax campaign fought for currency transaction taxes. Now a separate organisation, Stamp Out Poverty also looks at other new sources of development finance
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 Morocco has occupied Western Sahara for over 30 years. Tens of thousands of Saharawi people are living in a state of siege and face appalling human rights abuses and repression. War on Want has been part of the global movement for justice and human rights in Palestine. These are a few of the specific campaigns that we have been involved with.
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 Amid the daily violence suffered by Iraqis, oil companies and the US and UK governments are taking advantage of the country's weakness to secure long-term control over Iraq's enormous oil reserves.  War on Want is at the forefront of the global movement campaigning for trade rules that put people and the environment before the interests of big business.
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 A wave of protest is growing across the developing world as essential services are sold off to big business. Join the resistance.  War on Want is campaigning for legally binding set of rules to hold big business to account for its impacts on people and the environment.
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Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. War on Want believes that poverty will only be alleviated when trade unions are respected.  We were at the centre of the campaign in 2005 that fought for trade justice, debt relief and more and better aid - and saw 225,000 people take to the streets of Edinburgh.


For many people, cruises are a dream way of taking a holiday. Visiting exotic ports of call from the relative safety of our floating hotel. But the reality for workers is very different. War on Want teamed up with comedian Mark Thomas to expose the potential damage of granting a tax exemption to pharmaceutical companies donating drugs to the Third World.

War on Want was the first organisation to draw attention to the damage caused by baby milk companies with its groundbreaking 1974 publication The Baby Killer.

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