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G4S targeted in Israeli 'apartheid' drive

24 February 2014 - 11:11am

The British security corporation G4S today faces heavy pressure to end its contracts with Israel's prison system, amid new claims over the provision of equipment to prisons where Palestinians are illegally detained without charge or trial.

Davos summit: One year on, Cameron has ‘spectacularly failed' on corporate tax dodging

21 January 2014 - 11:07am

On the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, War on Want's tax justice campaigner Murray Worthy said:

"A year ago in Davos David Cameron famously declared that big business must 'wake up and smell the coffee' at the public outrage over corporate tax dodging and that he would 'look our people in the eye and say that when they work hard and pay their fair share of taxes we will make sure that others do so as well'.

"But he has spectacularly failed in his promise to make these companies pay; despite some tinkering around the edges of tax havens' secrecy at the G8 this summer, the rules haven't changed and the reality hasn't changed. The companies that exploit and abuse the world's tax rules are still able to pick if and when they pay tax, leaving the rest of us footing the bill.

"This week, Cameron will once again be sitting side by side with these ruthless corporate giants in Davos, making sure that he can look them in the eye and assure them that for all his talk last year, he won't be making them pay."

BloodBricks campaign officially launches

13 January 2014 - 10:44am

Union Solidarity International (USi) in partnership with Prayas, Action Aid Association, War on Want and Thompsons Solicitors (Scotland) are today launching an international campaign to highlight forced, bonded and child labour in the brick kilns of India.

Cambodian government condemned for violent repression of garment workers

10 January 2014 - 12:03pm

  • Campaigners stage protest outside Cambodian embassy in London
  • Workers for brands including H&M, Gap, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Levis demanding £25 a week wage

Today, workers' rights, anti-poverty and student groups have joined to condemn the Cambodian government's violent repression of garment workers' strikes that led to four people being shot and killed by military police last week. The groups staged a protest outside the Cambodian Embassy in London demanding an end to the repression, the recognition of unions' right to strike and an increase in the minimum wage – the issue that sparked the workers' protests.

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Angela Davis to put G4S in dock

12 December 2013 - 12:00am

The veteran US civil rights campaigner, Angela Davis, will tomorrow launch a scathing attack on the British multinational security corporation G4S over complicity in human rights violations.

New UK drone ‘field tested' on Palestinians

11 December 2013 - 12:00am

The new Watchkeeper drone being developed for the UK military is based on a model that Israel has ‘field tested' in attacks on Gaza which left many Palestinians dead, including children.

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.

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