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War on Want debates Bermudan Premier over tax haven status

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.

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Tags: tax | tax havens | tax justice

   

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

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.

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Tags: campaigns | financial systems | tax | tax dodging | tax justice

   

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Cameron pressed on Google Bermuda 'tax dodge'

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.

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Tags: campaigns | cuts | tax justice | tax not cuts

   

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The UK’s tax havens are coming to London

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.

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Tags: act now | campaigns | tax | tax dodging | tax havens | tax justice

   

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Interview with Bandile Mdalose, General Secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo

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.

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Tags: abahlali | right to the city | south africa

   

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Fighting for your Right to the City

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.

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Tags: informal economy | overseas work | zambia

   

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The founder of South Africa’s biggest social movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, S’bu Zikode’s UK tour

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.

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Tags: abahlali | housing | overseas news | overseas work | right to the city | south africa

   

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Honk your horn against sweatshop exploitation!!

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 nidle@waronwant.org or visit our schools page.

 

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Thank you knitters and stitchers!

16 October 2013, Latest news

A big thank you to everyone who visited the Upcycing Academy at the Knitting & Stitching Show 2013

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Alliance Boots avoids £1.1bn tax

14 October 2013, Press releases

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

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Boots' billion pound tax dodge

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.  

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Tags: campaigns | tax | tax dodging | tax havens | tax justice

   

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‘Time for Abbey to act strictly on Matalan justice’

11 October 2013, Press releases

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.

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Tags: bangladesh | campaigns | LFHS | love fashion hate sweatshops | sweatshops & plantations

   

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Video: Rana Plaza sweatshop disaster survivors: "We need compensation"

11 October 2013, Latest news

Please watch and share this video of the workers and families in Bangladesh who have been abandoned by the companies that sourced from the factories in the Rana Plaza, to ensure that they are not forgotten.

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Tags: bangladesh | campaigns | LFHS | love fashion hate sweatshops

   

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Factory deaths spark brands safety call

09 October 2013, Press releases

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.

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Tags: bangladesh | campaigns | LFHS | love fashion hate sweatshops | sweatshops & plantations

   

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End persecution of Honduran indigenous leaders

07 October 2013, Latest news

Berta CaceresWar on Want has written to the Honduran government in solidarity with the human rights defenders Berta Cáceres Flores, Aureliano Molina Villanueva and Tomas Gomez Membreño, leaders of the Honduran Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras- COPINH). According to Amnesty International, the three leaders are being criminalised because of their role defending the human rights of the Lenca indigenous population and are facing unfounded criminal charges.

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Tags: corporations & conflict | honduras | human rights

   

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