A living wage for tea pickers: are we there yet?

The tragic collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh has put a spotlight on the poor pay and working conditions endured by millions of people who make our clothes or grow our food. A new report launched today by Oxfam and the Ethical Tea Partnership (a group of 28 tea companies) shows workers behind the world’s favourite brew are no exception but it …

Why is HMRC in the dock?

Chris Johnes argues that as services disappear and the economy stagnates, we could all be paying the price for keeping big UK businesses sweet. Today in the High Court the UK Uncut Legal Action campaign group took on HMRC, the Government’s tax collectors, in an unprecedented legal case. The story dates back to 2010 when the then head of HMRC, …