06 December 2013, Press releases
Reacting to news coming out of the WTO ministerial conference in Bali today (6 December), John Hilary, executive director of War on Want, said:
“Any suggestion that there is a deal to celebrate from the WTO talks in Bali is absurd. The negotiations have failed to secure permanent protection for countries to safeguard the food rights of their peoples, exposing hundreds of millions to the prospect of hunger and starvation simply in order to satisfy the dogma of free trade. It is time to end the WTO charade once and for all, and focus instead on undoing the harm it has already caused across the world.”Add Comment
05 December 2013, Press releases
Responding to tax avoidance measures in the 2013 Autumn Statement, War on Want’s tax campaigner Murray Worthy said:
“Today’s “largest package of measures to tackle tax avoidance”, since the Chancellor’s “largest ever package of measures to tackle tax avoidance” announced in the March 2013 Budget, is yet more tinkering around the edges of a broken tax system to try and grab headlines. These technical tweaks will do almost nothing to stop giant multinationals likes Amazon, Starbucks or Google dodging billions of pounds in tax every year. In fact this government has made it easier for these tax avoiding giants to deprive the government of vital revenue for tackling inequality and funding public services."Add Comment
03 December 2013, Latest news
In Durban, South Africa, we are struggling for a world in which human dignity comes before private profit and land, cities, wealth and power are shared fairly. This is our politic and we are in solidarity with this politic where ever we find it.
We are aware that poor people in England are under attack from an alliance between the rich and the state. We are aware that all the major political parties in England work for this alliance and not for the people. We are in solidarity with your struggles and we are willing to act in solidarity with your struggles as we have acted in solidarity with struggles in places like Haiti, Palestine and Turkey.Add Comment
03 December 2013, Latest news
Take a minute to watch this excellent documentary about the controversial seeds certification law implemented in Colombia under the terms of the country's free trade agreement with the United States. It shows riot police confiscating 'illegally produced' rice grown by peasant farmers, and later destroying it.
The documentary created a huge stir in Colombia and played an important role in gaining public support for the agrarian strike this summer and increasing hostility to the free trade agreement. The documentary shows the absurdity of the seeds certification laws which are being forced on the populations of countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia via free trade agreements with the world's most powerful economies.Add Comment
03 December 2013, Latest news
Listen to War on Want's tax campaigner Murray Worthy take on the Premier of Bermuda on the BBC over the island jurisdiction's 'tax haven' status and how we can effectively tackle the global scourge of tax avoidance and tax evasion.Add Comment
28 November 2013, Press releases
- OECD complaint details more than £400 million of related party deals
- Complaint follows weeks after report cited over £1 billion tax avoidance
As the parent company of Britain’s largest high street chemists Boots opens its pharmacist convention in the tax haven Monaco, new evidence today emerges about the firm’s related party transactions, involving more than £400 million.
These deals appear to have enriched Alliance Boots executive chairman Stefano Pessina at the expense of the company and UK taxpayers.
New research by the anti-poverty charity War on Want and the US labour federation Change to Win has triggered a complaint today with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.Add Comment
26 November 2013, Press releases
David Cameron today faces pressure to abolish the UK’s tax havens as a charity singled out Bermuda as a key target amid reports that Google has increased the royalty payments it shifts through the island to avoid tax.Add Comment
25 November 2013, Latest news
This week Britain’s top tax havens are coming to London for their annual summit with the UK government, hosted by the Foreign Office.
The British Overseas Territories may be the last remnants of the old British colonial empire, but they make up the backbone of the ‘British secrecy empire’ – the UK’s global tax haven network. According to the Tax Justice Network, the UK and its overseas tax havens combined rank as the most significant tax haven in the world, ahead of the world’s most famous tax haven, Switzerland.Add Comment
22 November 2013, Latest news
Great interview with Bandile Mdalose, General Secretary of the South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, a movement with which War on Want is proud to have a longstanding partnership. With many thanks to SACSIS for the video.Add Comment
18 November 2013, Previous events
War on Want brought together activists from across the world fighting for their Right to the City on 7 November 2013. The inspirational contributions showed how we too can take back the streets by demanding affordable housing, services, secure places of work and a right to shape our cities.Add Comment
08 November 2013, Latest news
Abahlali baseMjondolo is a movement War on Want is proud to have a long-standing partnership with. S'bu Zikode was a key founder of the movement in KwaZulu-Natal, his home province, in 2005 and was the first President.Add Comment
05 November 2013, Latest news
Thank you Central Foundation Girls School!
As part of their project for Citizenship class, Fahima, Nadia and Ruhina made this short film of their activities to raise awareness of War on Want's Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops campaign.
If you would like War on Want to deliver a sweatshop related workshop to your class to help motivate a group around a related subject, please email Nadia at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our schools page.
16 October 2013, Latest news
A big thank you to everyone who visited the Upcycing Academy at the Knitting & Stitching Show 2013
14 October 2013, Press releases
Taxpayer-funded firm’s gain worth 78,000 nurses, two years’ prescription charges or 5.2m ambulance calls.Add Comment
14 October 2013, Latest news
New research shows that Alliance Boots, the high street chemist and pharmaceutical giant, has avoided more than £1 billion in tax since it went private six years ago through taking on excessive debts, profit shifting and corporate restructuring. This report, Alliance Boots & The Tax Gap, published by War on Want, Unite the Union and Change to Win, exposes the full scale of Boots' tax avoidance for the first time.Add Comment
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