The Global Alliance for Tax Justice and our regional network members, Public Services International, ITUC-Africa, ActionAid, Oxfam, Global Campaign for Education and more partners organized the #TaxJustice for #Public Services Global Week of Action, 19-23 June 2017 - timed around World Public Services Day, commemorated on June 23rd.
#TaxJustice for #Public Services Global Week of Action, 19-23 June 2017
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Start planning your creative actions for the #TaxJustice for #PublicServices Global Week of Action, 19-23 June 2017!
Join with tax justice, trade union, faith and other civil society groups in your country to understand the issues and plan joint work together. Check this page regularly for campaign toolkit and resource links.
Send letters and ask to meet directly with your national government and UN representatives to explain why we need tax justice for Public Services. See the common Advocacy Messages.
Share the word through social media using the following combined hashtags:
2. WHAT'S HAPPENING?
Core campaign activities will be focused in the one-week time frame. Opportunities to collaborate across organisations at the national, regional and international levels include:
- Press conferences/media briefings. For example, tax justice activists may adapt their media messages to national contexts linking progressive tax and public spending policies, the need to make multinational corporations pay their share of tax, and the need to end illicit financial flows, tax havens, and race to the bottom in tax incentives.
- Direct government advocacy reinforced by public actions. For example, in South Africa union members and other tax justice activists can meet with the government before the G20 meeting since South Africa is a member.
- Public events. This can include town hall forums, film screenings, rallies, parades or street theatre.
- Opinion editorials and online article publication. Activists will be mobilized to write blogs and op-ed articles in commemoration of World Public Services Day.
- Social media. Catchy materials will be offered in various languages. The campaign logo will be included wherever possible. Common hashtags will include #TaxJustice for #PublicServices
GLOBAL MAP OF ACTIONS
We are working together in the global tax justice movement to ensure that fair and transparent tax policies are used to raise the public funding that our governments need to deliver on their human rights obligations, including the rights of women and vulnerable groups – to ensure a healthy and sustainable environment, strong social protections, decent work and quality public services for the common good of all. See more on our key messages here.
Together we aim to reverse the trend where taxes for multinational corporations and the wealthy are being lowered at the same time as public services are being privatized for private profit. It’s time for multinationals to pay their share!
We are organising joint actions to continue to deepen public understanding of tax justice; draw the attention of governments, especially on the need to implement the recommendations contained in the Mbeki High-Level Panel Report; call time on multinational corporations with respect to paying their tax share; and, to move global institutions to respond to public demands for domestic resource mobilization to fund quality public services and sustainable economic development.
The G20, SADC, and High Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals meetings will take place following this Global Week of Action. The timing offers an opportunity to raise our collective demands for tax justice. A key demand is to establish an inclusive intergovernmental UN Global Tax Body, so that all countries – not just rich OECD countries – have an equal voice in determining international tax policies.
Our common advocacy messages to governments include:
- Use tax revenues to fund the public services and social protections that are the means to ending poverty and inequality.
- Make multinational corporations and the wealthy pay their share of taxes.
- Build inclusivity into international tax cooperation through the establishment of an intergovernmental tax body within the United Nations and begin drafting a UN convention to combat abusive tax practices
- Require public country-by-country reporting for all multinational corporations
- Establish public registers of beneficial owners of companies and trusts
- Implement progressive tax policies and use tax revenues to fund public services and social protections as the vital means to ending poverty and inequality
- Curb tax competition to prevent a race to the bottom
- Increase resources and south-south capacity building for tax collection agencies to ensure governments are able to make multinationals pay their share of taxes.
- Protect whistleblowers through an ILO convention
See more details on key messages here
The #TaxJustice for #Public Services Global Week of Action campaign is an initiative of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ) and our regional networks together with committed partners including Public Services International, its regional members and the PSI World Women’s Committee, ITUC-Africa, ActionAid, Oxfam and the Global Campaign for Education.To join in this campaign, please contact any of the following:
GATJ Campaign & Communications:
- Daniel Oberko, PSI-Africa Tax Justice
- Leo Hyde, PSI Communications
- Vivian Makia, PSI Inter-Americas
- Verónica Montúfar, PSI World Women’s Committee
- Joel Odigie, ITUC-Africa
- Michelle Mbuthia, TJN-Africa Communications
- Leila Kituyi, TJN-Africa Outreach
- Alonso Paz Rueckner, Red Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe
- Olivia Lally, ActionAid
- Bridget Burrows, ActionAid
- Andrew Chikowore, ActionAid
- Hillary Vipond, Oxfam
- Jo Walker, Global Campaign for Education
- Nadia Saracini, Christian Aid