Reaction: McDonald's called before tax committee

20 June 2018 - 2:45pm
Press release

Responding to the news that McDonald's will appear before Parliament's special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance, War on Want's Senior Campaigner on economic justice, Owen Espley, says: 

"The fact that McDonald's is being dragged in front of Parliament's special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance is a reflection of how much they have to answer for. For too long, McDonald’s has been allowed to drive-thru communities without paying its fair share of tax and whilst serving its workers an unhappy meal of exploitation, zero hours contracts and union repression.

McDonald’s workers are pushing back, joining together in the McStrike to demand this multi-billion pound company pay its fair share to the workers that make it rich. The committee needs to make sure it does the same for the communities in which it operates. Fueled by hidden profits and poverty wages, McDonald's business model is an engine of inequality that needs to be stopped.​"​

Press Contacts

Marienna Pope-Weidemann, Press & Communications Officer, War on Want

media@waronwant.org 020 7324 5060 / 07983 550 728

Notes to Editors

War on Want's supporter action: https://waronwant.org/mcdonalds-respect-union-mcstrike-action

Special committee hearing agenda: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/tax3/events-hearings.html?id=20180612CHE04261

Live broadcast link for special committee hearing: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20180621-0900-COMMITTEE-TAX3

Fast food rights campaign: https://fastfoodrights.wordpress.com

Unhappy Meal original report: www.waronwant.org/unhappymeal

UnHappier Meal: https://www.epsu.org/sites/default/files/article/files/Unhappier_Meal_FINAL.pdf

 

 

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Please call on McDonald’s CEO, Paul Pomroy, to recognise the McStrikers’ union.

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