Category Archives: International

National Demonstration Against Trump

The Together Against Trump national demonstration has now been called for Friday 13th July, the day Trump visits Britain, starting at 2pm at the BBC in Portland Place and marching to Central London.

Given the worldwide outrage at Donald Trump’s aggressive, chauvinistic and belligerent policies, this is a crucial demonstration. We are urging all our supporters to take half a day off work to make sure they come to the demonstration. Please promote the demo as widely as possible. We are asking our groups and supporters across the country to organise transport to the national demonstration.

Solidarity with the People Of Turkey sends its support to: Afrin medical aid concert

A night of Middle Eastern music at Union Chapel (N1 2UN) on Friday 25 May 2018, 19:30.

Nearest station: Highbury & Islington

This is a night not to be missed with great performances by the Metin Kemal Kahraman brothers and the Reflection of Silence band

We wish to create a memorable night in solidarity with Afrin and provide an opportunity to listen to great music that touches our souls so deeply.

All proceeds from this concert will go to help people displaced from Afrin, Rojava (Northern Syria). Around 450,000 civilians have been displaced and are in urgent need of aid. In the wake of this humanitarian crisis, Re-build as one of the few charities helping the region. The proceeds of this concert will be used to purchase an orthopaedic medical device costing £30,000.

By purchasing a ticket you can help us get one step closer to buying this device.

France: Rail unions fight against privatisation

The French railway workers have expressed their strong disapproval of the proposed reform of the railway system leading towards privatisation. They have been taking part in massive numbers in national mobilisations. The government has chosen not to open any serious negotiations with them. The unions want to guarantee high social standards within a future unified public group in the rail sector. The unions argue that competition is not a solution designed to improve the rail system, but instead enriches private companies and firms. They are calling upon the government to open real negotiations covering such issues as debt and funding, the relaunch of goods rail transport, employee benefits, the social rights of railway workers, taking workload back in-house and the organisation of production. Please show you support by sending your message to the French government.

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Rana Plaza 5 year anniversary panel discussion

This year marked the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy where 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers, mostly women, were killed when their factory building collapsed. They had been producing clothes for some of the UK’s high street fashion brands.

To mark this, War on Want is hosting a one-off panel discussion on Rana Plaza, the Bangladesh Safety Accord and key issues for garment workers’ rights. Join us.

This year marked the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy where 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers, mostly women, were killed when their factory building collapsed. They had been producing clothes for some of the UK’s high street fashion brands. Rana Plaza focused the world’s attention on the horrendous conditions garment workers were producing clothes for the likes of Gap, Topshop, Primark and other fashion brands.

Following Rana Plaza and together with the campaigning efforts of international and Bangladeshi trade unions and NGOs, the Bangladesh Safety Accord was put in place. It was the first tripartite, binding agreement between fashion brands, trade unions and government to ensure that garment workers’ health and safety were secured in factories in Bangladesh.

This year the Accord is up for renewal. Questions are being raised as to whether the Accord was able to achieve much needed improvements for garment workers in Bangladesh. Could it have done more? Did it set garment workers back? Is it still a mechanism that can be and should be replicated in other countries? And was it sufficient to ensure corporate accountability?

War on Want will be hosting a panel discussion to try to address these questions. On the panel will be:

  • Stephen Russell (TUC) – will reflect on the Bangladesh Safety Accord using his insights from recent field visits to Bangladesh
  • Alessandra Mezzadri (SOAS Development Studies) – will reflect on the Bangladesh Safety Accord taking into account the global garment industry, corporate impunity and NGO complicity

The panel discussion will be followed by a screening of a short documentary film made by the Rainbow Collective. We will also have on display photographs from our Women are the Resistance exhibition. Drinks and snacks will be served thereafter.

This is a critical moment for NGOs, trade unions and campaigners who are working on corporate impunity and workers rights to have this conversation. So please do join us!

No More Bombing – Stop the Rush to War

This Saturday 21 April | 1-3pm
NUT, Hamilton House
Mabledon Place
London WC1H 9BD

Help get involved in the movement in London. This is a chance to analyse the situation and plan where we go from here. The mobilisation over the attack on Syria has opened up major new possibilities for the growth of the movement. Find out how you can be a part of organising in London.

Speakers will include:

  • Tariq Ali, writer and broadcaster
  • Lindsey German, Stop the War convenor
  • Kiri Tunks, President of the National Education Union (NUT Section)
  • Andrew Murray, chief-of-staff at Unite the Union

Other speakers tbc.

Irish History Month events in May 2018

London memorial to the Irish Famine (An Gorta Mor)

Sunday 13 May 2018, 1-2pm (outside TUC Congress House)

Sunday 13 May 2017 marked 170 years since the systematic number of deaths became more advanced during “An Gorta Mor” (Great Hunger) in Ireland.

There will be a commemoration outside TUC Congress at 1 pm with guest speakers. This area in the Parish of St. Giles was the first recorded “Little Ireland” in London from the end of the eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century. It was populated with Irish workers living in poverty and squalor. Many Irish people fled the Famine to this part of London and soon died of starvation as well as typhus. The failure of the potato crop began in 1845 and impacted heavily on the Irish population, as other crops had to be purchased for survival at a very high price or forfeited to their landlords. Hence, the starvation took effect in 1846. During the following year, it was the beginning of more than a million deaths as Britain refused to supply grain to the starving Irish population. By 1848 was the year of revolutions throughout Europe, 170 years ago, the deaths of Irish people were in a very advanced stage and there was an even an attempt at rebellion in Ireland. It is important that we commemorate “An Gorta Mor” (The Great Hunger) in London.

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LESE RRC Irish History Event

Thursday 17 May 2018, 6.30pm, TUC Congress House

Guest Speaker: Mary Doolin, PCS, Senior Full-Time Officer, will be speaking on the history of Irish women in the British Trade Union movement. This year it will be 100 years since our first woman MP following the success of the Suffragettes, who achieved the Votes for Women.

It is also 130 years since the “Match Girls Strike” as teenage girls of Irish heritage achieved all their demands since they withdrew their labour for three weeks in 1888.

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A walking tour in London: History of the Fenians in London

26th May 2018

We meet, roughly at 12 midday outside Russell Square tube station on Saturday 26th May, the date of which Michael Barrett was hanged 150 years ago. The tour will be conducted by Peter Middleton from the Wolfe Tone Society. The tour will include Clerkenwell Close where the prison explosions occurred in December 1867. We will finish at Newgate Prison where the last public hanging took place. Hopefully, the tour will be followed by a social.

Please register: lese@tuc.org.uk / 020 7467 1220

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY RALLY: KEEP TRUMP’S HANDS OFF LATIN AMERICA!

March 15, 6.30pm (registration 6.00pm), Discus, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN.
Come together against Trump’s agenda with special guests Roberto Calzadilla (Bolivia) & Rocio Maneiro (Venezuela,)
plus: Chris Williamson MP; Kate Hudson, CND; Artin Giles, Chair, London Young Labour; Louise Richards, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group; Dr. Francisco Dominguez (co-author, RightWing Politics in the New Latin America: Reaction and Revolt..)
Register here // RSVP, Invite Friends & Share on Facebook here // Sign our petition here // Donate here.
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