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'Ban killer drones' UK alert

22 April 2013 - 6:04pm

Campaigners are calling on the government to stop using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or “drones”, as Britain prepares to start controlling them from a domestic base.

Pressure grows on G4S to end Israeli prison contracts

22 April 2013 - 2:21pm

The charity War on Want today welcomed the decision announced by the British private security corporation G4S not to renew contracts in the occupied West Bank as a step forward in the campaign to end  the multinational's complicity with the occupation.

Activists tell Foot Locker to give Adidas the boot

22 April 2013 - 1:15pm

Campaigners will today stage protests outside Foot Locker stores across the UK, Europe and America, demanding it cuts ties with Adidas over the sportswear giant's failure to pay former workers £1.1 million ($1.8 million) in legally-owed redundancy pay.

Budget – Osborne's tax anti-abuse rule “a hollow PR stunt” set to increase tax avoidance

20 March 2013 - 1:35pm

Responding to the Chancellor's Budget speech, Murray Worthy tax justice campaigner at War on Want said:

On the General  Anti-Abuse Rule:

“Osborne's announcement of a new ‘anti-abuse rule' at the heart of his supposed tax avoidance clampdown is nothing more than a hollow PR stunt. An administrative exercise for HMRC, tinkering around the edges of what is legal, is being dressed up as an assault on tax dodgers. Not only will these plans have no impact on giant corporate tax dodgers, they actually stand to make things worse.”

“By the government's own figures this new measure will only bring in tens of millions in lost revenue every year, a drop in the ocean in comparison to the billions that could be recovered if this government was actually intent on tackling tax avoidance.”

“Osborne's decision to let big companies shirk their responsibilities to society while forcing through more spending cuts is morally indefensible.”

On tax havens:

Responding to the announcement that the UK government has secured a deal with the Crown Dependencies to gain access to information on money and accounts held in these secrecy jurisdictions, Murray Worthy continued:

“It is promising that the UK government has finally admitted that the UK's Crown Dependencies, the Isle of Man and the Channels Islands, are harbouring over a billion pounds of evaded and avoided tax, but the announcement of today's deal with the government will do nothing to help the world's poorest people. Rather than just ensuring that the UK government gets its share of the money these islands hide offshore the government should be taking urgent action to close down all the UK's tax havens around the world to stop the flow of billions of pounds out of developing countries every year.”

Osborne's Budget ‘tax sham' to give a green light to corporate tax avoiders

20 March 2013 - 9:56am

Anti-poverty campaigners today condemned the government's proposed tax avoidance clampdown to be included in the Budget today as ‘little more than a sham' that would give a green light to multinational companies to avoid billions of pounds in tax.

G4S accused over links to Palestinian ‘torture' death jail

25 February 2013 - 4:55pm

Campaigners today called for the British private security corporation G4S to be held to account for its involvement with Israel's unlawful detention of Palestinians.

Protests planned across the UK against supermarket chain Sainsbury's for trading with companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine

8 February 2013 - 3:20pm

On the eve of nationwide protests against British supermarket giant Sainsbury's, the charity War on Want today called on the retailer to stop trading with companies profiting from the occupation.

G4S joins world’s worst company 'hall of shame'

24 January 2013 - 11:10am

War on Want has called for an end to G4S’s complicity in the Occupation of Palestine after the company was voted one of the world’s worst companies in this year’s Public Eye award. G4S came third in the people’s choice category behind Shell and Goldman Sachs.

G4S joins world's worst company 'hall of shame'

24 January 2013 - 11:10am

War on Want has called for an end to G4S's complicity in the Occupation of Palestine after the company was voted one of the world's worst companies in this year's Public Eye award. G4S came third in the people's choice category behind Shell and Goldman Sachs.

EU approval of financial transaction tax welcomed

22 January 2013 - 11:34am

War on Want hails ‘major victory' for 15-year campaign

The European Council's green light to a broad-based financial transaction tax has been welcomed by anti-poverty campaigners as a major victory in the battle for a more equitable banking system.

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