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McDonald’s $1.8 billion global tax avoidance scheme continues

(EPSU Press Release - 20 May 2015) After the EPSU report on the McDonalds tax scheme, a coalition of global trade unions formed by Public Services International (PSI - International umbrella organisation of EPSU), the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), released a report about McDonald’s global tax avoidance strategy. In this document, the coalition reveals how McDonald’s has taken advantage of corporate tax loopholes to avoid (...)

EPSU brings McDonald’s tax avoidance scheme in European parliament

(Press Release - Brussels 17 April 2015) Yesterday 16-04 at EP Special TAXE Committee, EPSU presented McDonald’s tax avoidance scheme and trade union demands for tax justice. The presentation was based on the recent report “UnHappyMeal”, co-published by an international coalition of European and US trade unions and War on Want, on Mac Donald’s tax avoidance strategy that involves profit-shifting through artificial subsidiaries in Luxembourg and Switzerland and, possibly, a tax ruling, one of (...)

Working people pay taxes – corporations must pay their share!

14 April 2015 - May Day statement on the urgent need for tax justice Following the Tax Justice to End Inequality declaration made by civil society organizations at the recent World Social Forum in Tunisia, public service trade unions and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice invite our members to join in marching this May Day under the banner “Working people pay taxes – corporations must pay their share!” “Giving corporations a free ride is a deeply flawed economic strategy,” underlines Rosa (...)

EPSU welcomes EC preliminary enquiry in Mc Donalds’ tax avoidance schemes

(Brussels, 2 April 2015 - EPSU Press Communication) The European Commission sent a letter to the government of Luxembourg demanding explanations over its tax arrangements with McDonald’s. This follows on the publication last February of the Unhappy meal report on Mc Donald’s tax avoidance schemes by EPSU, EFFAT, SEIU and War on Want. The report finds evidence that the largest fast-food company had avoided about €1 billion in taxes between 2009 and 2013 in a dozen of EU countries by (...)

EPSU’s NEA statement in support of Antoine Deltour, LuxLeaks tax source

(Brussels, 18 March 2015) Following their meeting of 17 March, EPSU’s affiliated trade unions in government and EU administration express their solidarity with Antoine Deltour who accomplished an ethical duty in passing on to a journalist secret rulings on tax breaks signed by the tax authorities of Luxembourg. This follows on from an exchange of views with Mr Deltour as part of EPSU’s regular reports on progress with advancing a fair and progressive tax system in Europe. It is our strong (...)

Unhappy Meal: €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu at McDonald’s

(Joint press release - 25 February 2015) Tax structure allowed McDonald’s to divert revenue for years, costing European countries over €1 billion in lost taxes between 2009 and 2013. Today in Brussels, a coalition of European and American trade unions, joined by the anti-poverty campaign group War on Want, unveiled a report about McDonald’s deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period, 2009-2013. The report outlines in detail the tax avoidance (...)

UnhappyMeal : 1 milliard € en évitement fiscal au menu de McDonald’s

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE - Bruxelles, le 25 Février 2015 La structure fiscale de McDonald’s a permis d’éviter l’impôt sur une partie de ses recettes, coûtant aux pays européens plus d’1 milliard € entre 2009 et 2013. Aujourd’hui à Bruxelles, une coalition de syndicats européens et américains, rejoints par le groupe de lutte contre la pauvreté War on Want, a dévoilé un rapport présentant le système mis en place par McDonald’s qui aurait permis d’éviter de payer plus d’1 milliard d’euros en impôt sur les (...)

Luxleaks enquiry blocked by largest EP groups: a missed opportunity

(Press release - Brussels 06 February) Yesterday, the leaders of the PPE, S&D, Liberals, opposed a plenary vote on the launch of a parliamentary enquiry committee on the #Luxleaks follow-ups. There was a sizeable group of MEPs that wanted this. There will now be a special committee that PPE and S&D had opposed earlier. EPSU has been a strong supporter of an EP enquiry committee with sufficient human and material resources as well as legal backup, to crack down on what has become (...)

EPSU welcomes cross-party support for Luxleaks EP enquiry committee

(Press Release – 15 January 2015) Yesterday 14 January, a sufficient number of MEPs signed up to the call by the Greens with the support of the GUE group to launch a parliamentary enquiry committee in the Luxleaks tax scandals. The petition was signed by 194 MEPs, above the required threshold of a quarter of all MEPs or 188. “We fully support an enquiry committee to shed public light on the Luxleaks tax scandals, the legality or not of corporate tax rebates with EC state aid rules, why so (...)

Austerity continues to be tax dodgers’ best friend

(EPSU Press release 18 December 2014) A year ago, EPSU produced a report on the impact of public budget cuts on tax collection between 2007 and 2011. The update released today shows that little has changed. Despite the recent appetite for legal measures to fight corporate tax avoidance - no doubt because of the Luxembourg tax leaks -, austerity means that the resources to do so continue to be reduced. It finds that 24 out of 30 states (EU28, Iceland and Norway) cut employment in tax (...)

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