4000 UK Uncut members in mass civil disobedience tomorrow in central London

UKUNCUTUK Uncut is planning a spectacular act of mass disobedience opposing austerity in central London tomorrow, with over 4,000 people expected to attend. Precise details of the action are being kept under wraps, but the group has promised bold, exciting and creative direct action at a prominent location. Protests are also being held in a number of cities and towns across the country, including Gloucester, Nottingham and Newcastle.

The protest follows the Queen’s Speech on Thursday, in which the Queen announced the government’s commitment to harsh austerity measures, including removing the social security for Britain’s poorest families. Continue reading

UK Uncut targets Vodaphone in new wave of tax dodging protests

Vodaphone tax dodging actionThe announcement that anti-austerity direct action group UK Uncut is to target Vodaphone in a new wave of protests follows wide anger at news of Gary Barlow’s tax dodge. The campaign expects hundreds to take action against the mobile phone company in a “national day of action” on 14 June in protest against their tax dodging activities.

UK Uncut, backed by the evidence of Fair Tax campaigner and accountant Richard Murphy, claims that the mobile phone provider “hasn’t paid a penny of corporation tax since 2011”, and that forcing tax avoiders to pay their tax could avert a looming housing crisis in the UK.

Tax avoidance shot back into the headlines this week after a tribunal ruled that former Take That star Gary Barlow should pay back millions of pounds gained from investing in an aggressive tax avoidance scheme. UK Uncut campaigners have laid responsibility with the government. The group says pledges from David Cameron and George Osborne to crack down on tax avoidance by large companies have proven to be “empty words”. Continue reading

They Owe Us! 14 June, 12.30pm, Canary Wharf, London

The BanksWe are not all in this together. Look at Canary Wharf, home of some of the world’s biggest banks, located on a private estate in east London. Its shining glass towers are entirely within the borough of Tower Hamlets, where four out of ten children are growing up in poverty. Like so many councils under the coalition government, Tower Hamlets is making cuts to many local services.

But it’s not the people of east London who caused the crisis – it’s the financial institutions of Canary Wharf. Continue reading

Over 40 UK Uncut actions target Starbucks over tax avoidance & cuts impact on women

Growing public anger at Starbucks was clear yesterday as over 40 of their shops across the UK- including in Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol and Shrewsbury- were targeted by the anti-cuts direct action network, UK Uncut.

In central London a creche and women’s refuge were set up in Starbuck’s flagship stores, and in Birmingham people slept in sleeping bags on the floor to highlight homelessness. In Barnet, activists turned Starbucks into a library, while in York protesters handed out free tea and coffee in store. Continue reading

CALL OUT! 8 Dec. Refuge from the cuts – target Starbucks!

It’s time for the government to wake up and smell the coffee. Women have had enough of being attacked by a cabinet of millionaires. But there is a refuge from the cuts. Join us on Saturday 8 December to transform the tax dodger Starbucks into services women depend on, such as refuges and crèches. Check the UK Uncut actions page to find an action near you. If there isn’t one, they’ve got a step-by-step guide on how you can organise one yourself. Continue reading