Vodafone tax protestors bring message to Falmouth store

Vodafone tax protestors bring message to Falmouth store

Vodafone tax protestors bring message to Falmouth store

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Activists who claim that Vodafone are shirking their tax responsibilities brought their message to the company’s Falmouth store on Saturday.

Volunteers from anti-austerity group UK Uncut staged a protest outside the Market Street store on June 14 as part of a nationwide plan to occupy the company’s shops and transform them into housing, to highlight what they say is the government’s failure to provide homes, while claiming that Vodafone still owes taxes from a deal struck in 2011.

The group, who were joined by town councillor David Saunby, brought a ‘fat cat banker’, sang songs, and handed out over 1,000 leaflets in a four hour demonstration.

Protestor Michelle Kent, of Cornwall Uncut, said she went to the day of action, “because the housing crisis is not the fault of the homeless, not the fault of the bedroom tax victims and not the fault of people waiting on housing lists.”

She said: “We had a fantastic response from the public. I saw less than six customers over the course of the afternoon, a brilliant result for us.

“There were only a few of us there but you don’t have to be a braying mob to achieve a result, like we did on Saturday.”

The protestors didn’t enter the shop, which had security at the front door, and on its Facebook page the group described both the guard and the shop staff as “wonderful”.

A spokesperson for Vodafone said there had been no more than ten demonstrators outside the Falmouth branch, and there had been no impact on the store’s trading.

They said: "We closed two shops, out of the 364 we have across the country, for a brief period on Saturday. There was no impact on our UK trading overall.

"This was a pointless protest directed at the wrong target. We have never avoided any UK tax. Instead, we are investing massively in our UK network, (more than £1 billion this year alone) and creating hundreds of new UK jobs, as every penny of our UK profit is invested back into our UK business.

"Those massive investments are offset against corporation tax under standard allowances used by all businesses, big and small. We also paid £275m in other UK direct taxes last year."The protestors just don't understand the facts and show no interest in listening to an explanation of the truth. Their attacks were ignorant, deeply unfair and completely undeserved.”

Vodafone readily says that it pays little or no corporation tax in the UK, but claims that this is due to the tax being levied on profits and the UK being one of the company’s least profitable markets.

 

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6:06pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

"We are investing massively in our UK network" err where? Still we have no 3G signal on the Lizard, two signal bars on GPRS or Edge is about it.
Prices going up though, for PAYG usage outside of a data pack.
"We are investing massively in our UK network" err where? Still we have no 3G signal on the Lizard, two signal bars on GPRS or Edge is about it. Prices going up though, for PAYG usage outside of a data pack. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 8

8:12am Wed 18 Jun 14

Ian Bennett says...

I wonder how many of the protesters pay more tax than they are legally required to. So I further wonder why they expect Vodafone to, especially given that a corporation has an obligation to its shareholders to pay as little tax as legally possible.
I wonder how many of the protesters pay more tax than they are legally required to. So I further wonder why they expect Vodafone to, especially given that a corporation has an obligation to its shareholders to pay as little tax as legally possible. Ian Bennett
  • Score: -10

8:37am Wed 18 Jun 14

Helston John says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
"We are investing massively in our UK network" err where? Still we have no 3G signal on the Lizard, two signal bars on GPRS or Edge is about it.
Prices going up though, for PAYG usage outside of a data pack.
Yes the Vodafone signal is rubbish in areas on the Lizard, that's because your nearest mast is Helston area, you need to move to Helston lol loads of black spots for signal with all companies on the lizard. And yes Vodafone are stitching their prices up again for pay as you go, it's to get you to top up each month with a freebie pack instead of putting credit on your phone and just using it when you want over the months.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: "We are investing massively in our UK network" err where? Still we have no 3G signal on the Lizard, two signal bars on GPRS or Edge is about it. Prices going up though, for PAYG usage outside of a data pack.[/p][/quote]Yes the Vodafone signal is rubbish in areas on the Lizard, that's because your nearest mast is Helston area, you need to move to Helston lol loads of black spots for signal with all companies on the lizard. And yes Vodafone are stitching their prices up again for pay as you go, it's to get you to top up each month with a freebie pack instead of putting credit on your phone and just using it when you want over the months. Helston John
  • Score: 7

7:02am Thu 19 Jun 14

Helston John says...

Ian Bennett wrote:
I wonder how many of the protesters pay more tax than they are legally required to. So I further wonder why they expect Vodafone to, especially given that a corporation has an obligation to its shareholders to pay as little tax as legally possible.
Think you missed the bit, "Vodafone owes taxes from 'a deal struck' in 2011".
[quote][p][bold]Ian Bennett[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of the protesters pay more tax than they are legally required to. So I further wonder why they expect Vodafone to, especially given that a corporation has an obligation to its shareholders to pay as little tax as legally possible.[/p][/quote]Think you missed the bit, "Vodafone owes taxes from 'a deal struck' in 2011". Helston John
  • Score: 7

10:57am Thu 19 Jun 14

Ian Bennett says...

Helston John wrote:
Ian Bennett wrote:
I wonder how many of the protesters pay more tax than they are legally required to. So I further wonder why they expect Vodafone to, especially given that a corporation has an obligation to its shareholders to pay as little tax as legally possible.
Think you missed the bit, "Vodafone owes taxes from 'a deal struck' in 2011".
Maybe you also missed a bit:: "claiming that ". The facts, as distinct from the lefty rhetoric, are here:

http://www.vodafone.
com/content/index/me
dia/faqs_statements/
vodafone_tax.html
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian Bennett[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of the protesters pay more tax than they are legally required to. So I further wonder why they expect Vodafone to, especially given that a corporation has an obligation to its shareholders to pay as little tax as legally possible.[/p][/quote]Think you missed the bit, "Vodafone owes taxes from 'a deal struck' in 2011".[/p][/quote]Maybe you also missed a bit:: "claiming that ". The facts, as distinct from the lefty rhetoric, are here: http://www.vodafone. com/content/index/me dia/faqs_statements/ vodafone_tax.html Ian Bennett
  • Score: 6

11:30am Thu 19 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I agree with Ian Bennett, and I am also surprised to see a Falmouth Town Councillor involving himself in this type of demonstration.
I agree with Ian Bennett, and I am also surprised to see a Falmouth Town Councillor involving himself in this type of demonstration. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 7

3:37pm Thu 19 Jun 14

telstar1962 says...

Yes Councillor, get back to your real work.
Yes Councillor, get back to your real work. telstar1962
  • Score: 3

9:36am Fri 20 Jun 14

Kernowkarmann says...

telstar1962 wrote:
Yes Councillor, get back to your real work.
Quite agree

He can't though, apparently he's singing outside Gary Barlow's house now....
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: Yes Councillor, get back to your real work.[/p][/quote]Quite agree He can't though, apparently he's singing outside Gary Barlow's house now.... Kernowkarmann
  • Score: 4

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