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“This ruling shows that governments do have access to the funds to provide public services such as Health, Education and Water if they have the political will”, sustains Pavanelli, who also notes that the amount Apple is being asked to pay is the equivalent of a year’s Health budget for Ireland.
“This is the worst form of corruption and should be considered an international crime. My first thought is for the Irish workers and families who have suffered for the austerity measures imposed by the Irish government to recover from the financial crisis. While the government is politically responsible, Apple should be held socially and morally responsible for that suffering”, says the PSI General Secretary.
“It is incredible that a company paying as little as 0.005% tax is upset that it should have to pay more. It shows how badly wrong the global tax rules are when national politicians defend these practices”, continues Pavanelli.
"Analysts estimate that Apple has US$ 216 billion in cash reserves – this money creates no jobs - but paying the €13 billion could create thousands of decent jobs that help real people.”
“Our task is to create the political pressure to force politicians to investigate these very powerful companies. With rising inequality and cuts to public services tax is an issue for all workers. But we will only win if we dare to fight. There is no excuse for privatisation of public services while governments are not collecting corporate tax and defending a set of global tax rules that facilitate aggressive tax planning”, concludes Pavanelli.