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WTO ‘deal' condemned by trade campaigners

6 December 2013 - 1:50pm

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.”

Osborne tax avoidance reforms ‘tinkering around the edges of a broken system'

5 December 2013 - 12:11pm

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."

Alliance Boots ‘transactions may have enriched chief at taxpayers' cost'

28 November 2013 - 9:54am

  • 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.

Cameron pressed on Google Bermuda 'tax dodge'

26 November 2013 - 1:41pm

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.

Alliance Boots avoids £1.1bn tax

14 October 2013 - 4:30pm

Taxpayer-funded firm's gain worth 78,000 nurses, two years' prescription charges or 5.2m ambulance calls.

‘Time for Abbey to act strictly on Matalan justice'

11 October 2013 - 10:46am

The anti-poverty charity battling to win compensation for destitute victims of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh today urged Strictly Come Dancing star and Matalan model Abbey Clancy to back their calls for help.

Factory deaths spark brands safety call

9 October 2013 - 4:46pm

Brands reported to have links with last night's deadly fire at a Bangladeshi garment factory today came under new pressure to sign a legally-binding safety accord.

Activists fight for right to the city

4 October 2013 - 11:13am

British campaigners and representatives from overseas social movements battling to win employment and housing rights in their cities join forces next month in a unique event that will seek public support for their causes.

Charity slams conduct code for private military and security companies

19 September 2013 - 3:12pm

The charity War on Want today branded as “a licence for abuse” a new voluntary code of conduct for private military and security companies launched this afternoon in Geneva.

Play star joins killer drones protest

13 September 2013 - 1:54pm

Campaigners, including actor Lucy Ellison, from the London theatre hit Grounded, today used toy planes, video game controllers, Games of Thrones (“Game of Drones”) memorabilia and banners to demand the government stops “remote control slaughter” in a major protest over its growing use of drones.

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