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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 September 2016
Apple told to pay £11bn back tax: nationalise all the tax dodgers!
An Apple store in Paris photo Mikhail (Vokabre) Shcherbakov/Creative Commons (Click to enlarge)
Tech giant Apple will have to pay back £11 billion it avoided in tax.
The Irish government had made a 'sweetheart deal' which the EU has now instructed it to overturn.
This move comes in the wake of Brexit, the mass working class revolt against the neoliberal EU establishment. It highlights the pressure the EU feels to make a show of taking on the capitalist interests it exists to defend.
Apple will of course resist and appeal this decision. Chief executive Tim Cook called it "maddening" and "disappointing" - although it's doubtful he will get any sympathy.
Here are some examples of what £11 billion could fund in Ireland:
- 20 new hospitals
- 130,000 new homes
- Free education - primary to tertiary - for the next 20 years
- Free bus services in all cities for the next 270 years!
The Irish state is quite happy to give leeway to big business and billionaires. But peaceful protesters fighting austerity face persecution by the 'justice' system.
The 'Jobstown 23' staged a sit-down protest against water charges around deputy premier Joan Burton's car. Incredibly, the Irish state is trying to prosecute them for 'false imprisonment'!
Paul Murphy, a Jobstown protester, is a member of Ireland's parliament for the Socialist Party's sister party in Ireland. He and the Socialist Party have been campaigning against Ireland's tax haven status for years.
We say: no to dodgy tax deals! Nationalise tax dodgers and the top corporations under democratic workers' control and management. For a socialist plan of production to meet the needs of all, not enrich the billionaires.
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In The Socialist 7 September 2016:
#KeepCorbyn: build the movement against austerity
Break with Blairites essential to defeat split Tories
Should socialists give electoral support to Labour right?
#KeepCorbyn: reports from the campaign
Socialist Party news and analysis
Apple told to pay £11bn: nationalise all the tax dodgers!
Refugee crisis: for homes, jobs and services for all
Women lose out in the workplace
London bailiff use soars by half
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TUC congress 2016
Organise mass working class resistance to austerity
International socialist news and analysis
Brazil: impeachment farce only serves big business
International news in brief
Workplace news and analysis
Junior doctors plan to continue contract struggle
Rail workers fighting back!
Premium pay cuts are not just any cuts, they are M&S cuts
Royal Mail wildcat strike against bullying bosses
Workplace news in brief
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Letter: back the docs!
Socialism, black liberation and cricket - the life of CLR James
The Socialist inbox
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Huge turnout in support of Huddersfield NHS campaign
Grantham on the march against 'life and death' cuts to health service
London fighting fund BBQ success
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