Expressing solidarity

We would like to express our solidarity with the UK Uncut Starbucks protesters.

It is an outrage that multimillion-pound international corporations can avoid paying tax through legal loopholes, while Chancellor George Osbourne unleashed some of the most devastating attacks on ordinary people in his autumn statement.

It is through exposing tax dodging like this, that we can raise public awareness.

We are appalled that Starbucks seeks to recoup their “tax donation” off the backs of their staff by slashing paid breaks and sick pay.

We urge Starbucks workers to reject these changes and contact York TUC for assistance.

R.Goscinski, Member of executive, York & District Trades Union Council (TUC) Keble Drive, Bishopthorpe, York.

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10:24am Mon 31 Dec 12

YSTClinguist says...

Some arrogant person quipped the line, "So what? It's accountants duty to their shareholders to minimise tax. If you could avoid tax, you would." This line has been shared by people who think it sounds cool. The problem is, YOU can't avoid tax, and the methods of such are rapidly being closed down, as new ones appear, and are immoral ways of avoiding tax that come close to evading tax (people are actually being prosecuted for some of the schemes, so those ones weren't even legal)

As cool as that saying is, and how far you spread that vacuous and immoral statement, did you realise your hard earned taxes you pay are now going to be used to pay for additional benefits for low paid Starbucks workers as, a week before the scheduled protest against Starbucks, the management ripped up all their employees contracts and made them sign lesser ones or to leave the premises.

This is why Starbucks employees should all now unionise and use the collective and experienced bargaining power to end this situation, fire a shot across the bows of any other corporation that thinks they can exploit our workers and cost the taxpayer by ripping off our government coffers.

BTW, a UKIP voting bloke who engaged protesters outside the store stated his party were for tax avoidance and praised it, even though he couldn't do it himself. Thinks everyone should fend for themselves, a clear division set-up that has to be worse than the elitism (Us) and poverty (vs Them) causing Right, and the perversely flawed-meritocratic Left.
Some arrogant person quipped the line, "So what? It's accountants duty to their shareholders to minimise tax. If you could avoid tax, you would." This line has been shared by people who think it sounds cool. The problem is, YOU can't avoid tax, and the methods of such are rapidly being closed down, as new ones appear, and are immoral ways of avoiding tax that come close to evading tax (people are actually being prosecuted for some of the schemes, so those ones weren't even legal) As cool as that saying is, and how far you spread that vacuous and immoral statement, did you realise your hard earned taxes you pay are now going to be used to pay for additional benefits for low paid Starbucks workers as, a week before the scheduled protest against Starbucks, the management ripped up all their employees contracts and made them sign lesser ones or to leave the premises. This is why Starbucks employees should all now unionise and use the collective and experienced bargaining power to end this situation, fire a shot across the bows of any other corporation that thinks they can exploit our workers and cost the taxpayer by ripping off our government coffers. BTW, a UKIP voting bloke who engaged protesters outside the store stated his party were for tax avoidance and praised it, even though he couldn't do it himself. Thinks everyone should fend for themselves, a clear division set-up that has to be worse than the elitism (Us) and poverty (vs Them) causing Right, and the perversely flawed-meritocratic Left. YSTClinguist
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11:10am Mon 31 Dec 12

jorvik says...

So you pay more tax than is required do you ystccunilinguist? Yeah right,usual left wing drivel from you even though this all happened under 13 years or liebour misrule, and you still managed to get in your UKIP slur in well done,so again your stereotyping all UKIP voters by the views of one man,that is like me saying all liebour voters are smelly unwashed tree hugging bigots who are all traitors to This country
So you pay more tax than is required do you ystccunilinguist? Yeah right,usual left wing drivel from you even though this all happened under 13 years or liebour misrule, and you still managed to get in your UKIP slur in well done,so again your stereotyping all UKIP voters by the views of one man,that is like me saying all liebour voters are smelly unwashed tree hugging bigots who are all traitors to This country jorvik
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11:25am Mon 31 Dec 12

CynicaloldGit says...

After the Middlesbrough bye-election, a UKIP worker stated that UKIP, was a party for people disaffected with the three main parties, unhappy with politicians in general who failed to keep promises made in the hustings.

History details that there was a party back in the 20s and 30s that also appeald to this class of people, (but coming from all walks of life), it was known by it's initials the NSDAP of Germany, better known by it's abreviation N A Z I party
After the Middlesbrough bye-election, a UKIP worker stated that UKIP, was a party for people disaffected with the three main parties, unhappy with politicians in general who failed to keep promises made in the hustings. History details that there was a party back in the 20s and 30s that also appeald to this class of people, (but coming from all walks of life), it was known by it's initials the NSDAP of Germany, better known by it's abreviation N A Z I party CynicaloldGit
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12:23pm Mon 31 Dec 12

YSTClinguist says...

@jorvik, I'm intrigued as to where you think my vote lies. Would it help settle your mind somewhat if I state I've never voted Labour?

As CynicaloldGit states, many are disaffected with the three main parties. Seems they are all as bad as each other and expose the flawed democratic system by which we choose and maintain our government. However, even though the Nazi's time was pretty poor, the modern German political system is actually quite good, and appears to be better than here. Less chance for corruption, and they come down harder on those that choose to exploit the system. The expenses scandal, if it had occurred over there, would have a serious outcome for those fiddling the system.

Your vote at the next GE isn't as useful as you think. God help us all if the Tories and Lib-Dems get in as a coalition again. I'm thinking of somewhere sunny and warm, where it rains one day a year and the employment conditions are better.
@jorvik, I'm intrigued as to where you think my vote lies. Would it help settle your mind somewhat if I state I've never voted Labour? As CynicaloldGit states, many are disaffected with the three main parties. Seems they are all as bad as each other and expose the flawed democratic system by which we choose and maintain our government. However, even though the Nazi's time was pretty poor, the modern German political system is actually quite good, and appears to be better than here. Less chance for corruption, and they come down harder on those that choose to exploit the system. The expenses scandal, if it had occurred over there, would have a serious outcome for those fiddling the system. Your vote at the next GE isn't as useful as you think. God help us all if the Tories and Lib-Dems get in as a coalition again. I'm thinking of somewhere sunny and warm, where it rains one day a year and the employment conditions are better. YSTClinguist
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3:30pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Sillybillies says...

Godwin's Rule strikes again!
Godwin's Rule strikes again! Sillybillies
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