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Member poll

April 14th, 2014 by

Every week a group of 38 Degrees members vote on which issues our movement should prioritise and which campaigns to get behind. Here are the results for last week.

Protecting the NHS by stopping the government’s dangerous plans like privatisation and closing A&E departments has come top this week.

The next biggest issues were: campaigning for more transparency in dealings between government and private companies, and cracking down on tax dodging by big companies.

You can see how 38 Degrees members voted on other issues on the graph below. The blue on the graph shows how many people answered ‘a lot’ in support of the campaigns listed, the red represents people answering ‘a little’, and the green is ‘not at all’.

poll results from April 11th 2014

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Success! Government Agrees to EU Directive on Human Trafficking

April 5th, 2011 by

Brilliant news! After many months of campaigning by tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members, the Independent on Sunday and our friends at Anti-Slavery International, the government has said it’s going to sign up to the EU Directive on Human Trafficking.

On the 19th March, we went along to 10 Downing Street with Anti-slavery International and the Independent on Sunday to hand in a petition of over 45,000 signatures.  The petition was handed in by Oxana, who is a survivor of human trafficking from the Ukraine to the UK.

We were asking the government to sign up to the new EU Directive on Human Trafficking, so that there is more co-operation across Europe to protect victims of human trafficking. And it worked, the government has agreed to the Directive.

When we first heard that the government was refusing to take action on trafficking, we teamed up with specialist groups Anti-Slavery International and ECPAT.  Nearly 50,000 of us signed the petition and thousands of us emailed our MPs to make sure the government took action on this issue.

Now, the victims of trafficking will have better protection provided by the EU Directive, with countries across Europe working together to target the criminal gangs and traffickers that are exploiting people. This decision is important, but won’t stop human trafficking altogether. It is a big step in the right direction towards justice and protection for victims of human trafficking.

You can find out more about the campaign on Anti-Slavery International’s website here.

Click here to find out more about Human Trafficking.

Human Trafficking petition hand in

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Here are a few photos from the hand-in:

Human Trafficking petition hand in

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Human Trafficking petition hand in

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Stop Human Trafficking

March 17th, 2011 by

38 Degrees members wanted to continue with the campaign against Human Trafficking. Members have been sending their MPs emails and signing the petition asking the government to get tough on human trafficking. We sent this email out last Wednesday:

Dear friend,

Will our government join European efforts to tackle human trafficking? It’s on a knife edge. And there’s no time to lose: the government is likely to make a decision, good or bad, in the next couple of weeks.

Stop Human Trafficking

Photograph by Karen Robinson

MPs could play a key role in pushing the government to do the right thing. They need to tell David Cameron and Theresa May that their voters want action to tackle trafficking. Let’s email our MPs today and demand they speak out.

Every year, criminal gangs traffic thousands of people into the UK. Once the victims arrive here, many of them, including children, end up in the sex trade. The new Europe-wide plan would make life harder for the criminal gangs, and mean better protection for the victims.

If our government refuses to join in, that would be a disaster: great news for the trafficking gangs, but terrible news for their victims. If enough of us contact our MPs this week, we can help make sure that doesn’t happen.

We will be delivering our petition – over 42,000 strong - very soon. Contacting MPs now will mean the government feels the pressure from all angles. We know that the combination of a public petition and personal messages to MPs can make a difference. That’s exactly what we did to change the government’s mind about selling off our forests.

For more information on Human Trafficking please visit the Anti Slavery Website at: http://www.antislavery.org/english/

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Human Trafficking campaign causing a stir

November 3rd, 2010 by


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Our campaign telling the government to sign up to the new EU ban on human trafficking is really getting noticed, with partners such as Anti-Slavery International, the Independent on Sunday and ECPAT UK on board. This week, the Independent on Sunday (IoS) published an article about the campaign, telling it’s readers about why it’s important. Almost 13,000 people have already signed the petition and public pressure is growing all the time with more and more people talking about it.

The article in the Independent on Sunday shows just how many people are getting involved, with a play showing the horrors of trafficking to be shown in the House of Lords this month.  It also mentions the support of influential figures  such as Shadow Foreign Secretary Yvette Cooper and MP Caroline Lucas. Having the backing of the IoS is really helping show how important it is that the UK does sign up to these rules- just last week the IoS pulished another article revealing how Romanian children were made to work in awful conditions on a farm in Worcester.

38 Degrees members have been amazing in getting the campaign this far by signing the petition and spreading the word. It’s fantastic that so many people have got involved and the campaign can only get bigger. With our partners we can help change the government’s mind on this issue. When they realise how much support there is for the new rules, including continued attention from a broadsheet, they will have to listen and take notice.

What do you think 38 Degrees should do next to make the campaign even bigger and better?

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