Anti-cuts campaigners have announced a national day of action against Starbucks as bosses of the coffee company face a roasting from MPs in Parliament tomorrow over tax avoidance allegations.
Starbucks stores will be transformed into refuges, creches and homeless shelters by UK Uncut activists on December 8, three days after Chancellor George Osbourne is due to announce further cuts in his autumn statement.
Organisers of the mass protest say women will be hit the hardest as public services are lost as a direct result of company executives dodging millions of pounds in tax.
"Women have had enough of being attacked by a cabinet of out of touch millionaire men," said UK Uncut campaigner Sheena Shah.
"The government's savage austerity plans are pushing the cause of women's equality back decades.
"Welfare, health-care, Sure Start centres, childcare, rape and domestic abuse services are being cut and female unemployment is rocketing. Benefits cuts are forcing women to choose between heating the house and feeding the family. No one should have to make these choices."
Campaign representive Sarah Green added: "The government could easily bring in billions that could fund vital services by clamping down on tax dodging, but are instead making cuts that are forcing women to choose between motherhood and work, and trapping them in abusive relationships."
MPs will quiz two Starbucks executives at a meeting of the public accounts committee this afternoon as a result of public pressure being piled on the government to ensure big business pays its way.
Starbucks' bosses will be questioned on a Reuters report that revealed the US company paid no corporation tax on sales of £1.2 billion in the last three years and just £8.6 million over the past 14.
In comparison the same report showed fast food giant McDonalds paid over £80m of corporation tax on £3.6bn of sales over the past three years.
Starbucks UK managing director Kris Engskov and global chief financial officer Troy Alstead are expected to hit back at the allegations and defend the company's tax record at tomorrow's committee.
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