July 2014

30
Jul
2014
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Westfield shopping malls accused of tax dodging

 

A new report by United Voice, one of Australia's largest trade unions, examines the corporate structure of Westfield, the world’s largest owner, operator and developer of shopping centres, and suggests the company may not be paying their fair share of tax in the UK.

Westfield has a substantial and growing presence in the UK. In London, the company owns and operates Europe’s two largest shopping malls, including the London Olympics shopping centre at Stratford City. The company also has another £2 billion in planned developments in the London area.

Westfield promotes itself as providing economic development and urban renewal to local communities. Yet behind these claims is a hidden story of a complex corporate structure United Voice believes may be designed to avoid UK tax payments.


24
Jul
2014
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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in Gaza: empowering action

As we write this there is an ongoing massacre in the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of the operation on July 8, which the Israeli Occupation Forces are calling 'Protective Edge', 620 Palestinians have been killed and 3,752 injured according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Over 70% are estimated to be civilians. By the time you read this those figures will be higher and Israel's bombardment shows no sign of slowing down.


17
Jul
2014
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Has the Green Investment Bank cleaned up its act?

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has just published its second Annual Review. In their first one, they claimed that over 91% of projected carbon savings from their loans would come from Drax’s partial conversion to biomass. Drax were the recipients of the first large GIB loan, initially for £100 million but later reduced to £50 million after they were awarded a £75 million public loan guarantee by the Treasury. This public loan has been the only one of its kind so far.


10
Jul
2014
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Calls for direct action as Magforce prosecution collapses

Anti arms trade activists who have been taking a prosecution against Magforce over the marketing of electric shock batons at the DSEI arms fair have been forced to discontinue their case.

The Arms Dealers on Trial campaign has issued the following statement:

"Following a private meeting in recent days between lawyers for Arms Dealers On Trial and senior staff at the CPS, we have been made aware that we may no longer continue the private criminal prosecution of two arms companies (Magforce International and Tianjin Myway International) who promoted torture weapons at last year’s DSEI arms fair in London, contrary to UK arms export laws. A court had previously granted us permission to proceed with the private prosecution and a trial had been anticipated later this year.


10
Jul
2014
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An insider's account of the Sainsbury's AGM

Sainsbury's - Taste the Indifference

Campaigners protesting outside the Sainsbury's AGM at the QE2 conference centre in Westminster yesterday called for the company to cease working with companies profiting from Israel's occupation of Palestine. The Sainsbury's 'Taste the Indifference' campaign has been pressuring the company for almost two years, calling on them to follow the lead of the Cooperative Group and cease trading with companies operating in Israel's settlements. Taste the Indifference has been holding monthly days of action where groups across the UK picket Sainsbury's branches or occupy stores.


09
Jul
2014
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Open letter to Sainsbury's shareholders

Sainsbury's - Taste the Indifference

Corporate Watch urges you to pressure the Sainsbury's management to listen to the call from Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, to boycott Israeli goods and not to source goods from companies profiting from human rights abuses against Palestinians by operating in Israeli settlements.

In 2005 hundreds of civil society organisations in Palestine called on international civil society to boycott Israeli goods and Israeli companies until the Israeli state's crimes against Palestinians end. Since then the boycott movement has grown into a powerful global force, which has the capacity to seriously challenge the Israeli state's attempts to dispossess the people of Palestine from their land.


08
Jul
2014
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Gaza: Farming under siege

Surveillance tower in the buffer zone in Khuza’a, occupied Gaza Strip. Photo by Corporate Watch, November 2013

Corporate Watch researchers visited the Gaza Strip during November and December 2013 and carried out interviews with farmers in Beit Hanoun, Al Zaytoun, Khaza’a, Al Maghazi and Rafah, as well as with representatives from Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestine Crops and the Gaza Agricultural Co-operative in Beit Lahiya. This is the first of two articles highlighting what their experiences show: that Palestinians face significant and diverse difficulties when it comes to farming their land and harvesting and exporting their produce under siege, and that Israel enforces what amounts to a de facto boycott of produce from the Gaza Strip.

The land and the buffer zones


04
Jul
2014
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£1 minimum wage for migrant workers

Corporate Watch is starting an investigation into the scale of detainee labour inside Britain's Immigration Removal Centres run by G4S, Serco, Mitie, GEO Group and the prison service.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper was forced to resign in February 2014 after embarrassing revelations that he had employed a Colombian cleaner who had overstayed her visa.

Despite the furore, recruitment of 'illegal' workers by the Home Office is actually the norm, rather than the exception.

It is perfectly lawful, provided it takes place within the confines of a British detention centre, the majority of which are run by private contractors, companies like G4S and Serco.

This means that people who have been arrested in immigration raids on workplaces by the Home Office can legitimately work once they are in the custody of the Home Office.


01
Jul
2014
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Ecostream campaign victorious

Brighton's Ecostream store closes after two years of concerted campaigning

Brighton's Ecostream store has closed down after a two year campaign of demonstrations, street actions and direct action.

Ecostream issued the following statement this morning: “SodaStream confirms that the EcoStream store, located on Western Road in Brighton, closed earlier this week. Following the two year test period, the company has decided to focus its business efforts on other channels, specifically on retail distribution partnerships.”