Posts Tagged ‘unpaid tax’

Grateful Vodafone executives say a big thank you to Chancellor George Osborne

November 7, 2010

Grateful Vodafone executives say a big thank you to Chancellor George Osborne for letting them off a £6 billion unpaid tax bill. And less we forget, a little helping hand in India too.

For the second weekend running, Vodafone stores across the country were closed in protest at their unpaid £6 billion tax bill.

Also see

Nationwide shut down of Vodafone stores

Vodafone stores face more protests over alleged tax avoidance

Anti-cuts Actions against Vodafone stores across the UK

2nd Wave of anti-cuts Action against Vodafone in Glasgow

Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of UK Wide Day of Action

Protest at Vodafone in Cambridge

Vodafone “not paying their taxes” Demo

Arrests at Cambridge Vodafone Shutdown

The Vodafone-y War

Vodafone £6 billion unpaid tax bill

October 29, 2010

While the poor starve, the rich and global corporations fiddle their tax.

Last week, the UK government announced massive cuts in public spending with the poor and the disadvantaged and the environment being hardest hit.

The week before the government had announced a whole new army of investigators to track down benefit claimants who might be fiddling their meagre income, might be doing the odd few hours down the pub cash-in-hand as the only way to make ends meet. As one young mum told me, it was this little extra that paid for clothes and the occasional treat.

And yet at the same time, tax collectors are to be cut.

It does not not need much thought to see who benefits from this, the rich and Big Businesses.

Just one example that has caught public attention, especially after their flagship London store in Oxford Street was closed down in protest, is Vodafone, £6 billion which the government has apparently said they do not have to pay.

We are told we are staring into the abyss, facing bankruptcy, but it is ok for Vodafone to be let off the hook over an unpaid tax bill of £6 billion.

On Wednesday protesters shut down the flag ship Vodafone store in London. On Wednesday protesters shut down all six Vodafone stores in Leeds.

This Saturday (30 October 2010), ie tomorrow, it is planned to shut down every Vodafone store in London, and if possible across the country.

This type of protest coordinated by UK Uncut, and similar protests on Climate Chaos by groups like Climate Camp and Climate Rush, is far more effective than French-style protests and political rallies as it is hitting directly the greedy bastards who got us in the state we are currently in.

£7 billion cuts in benefits to the poor. £6 billion unpaid tax by Vodafone. We can all do the sums and we do not like the result.

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Earlier in the year George Osborne the millionaire Chancellor who last week announced the massive cuts was in India promoting Vodafone! The irony is not lost that India is demanding that Vodafone pays their unpaid taxes!

It is not only Vodafone, other big companies are dodging their tax. Barclays has a special secret unit to advise companies and the super rich on how to avoid their taxes. Listen to the excellent BBC Radio 4 File on Four documentary, A Taxing Dilemma.

Also see

Vodafone Direct Action Spreads – Saturday Callout

Johann Hari: Protest works. Just look at the proof

Vodafone’s tax case leaves a sour taste

Taxman let Vodafone off £6bn bill

Insurrection on Oxford Street

Protestors shut down Vodafone store over ‘tax dodging’ claims

Occupation highlights Vodafone’s legal tax dodge

Leeds protesters shut down Vodafone

Vodafone Oxford St Occupied! We want our £6bn back

First Cuts Not the Depest

Vodafone must pay $2.6bn India tax bill

Vodafone given $2.5bn Indian tax bill deadline

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