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Back to the Banks! A guided tour of Canary Wharf E14

Location: UK » London » E

When: Tuesday 5 April 2011, 4:30pm

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Where: Canada Square, outside Canary Wharf tube station, Tower Hamlets, London E14

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Canary Wharf, London
Tue 5th Apr 2011

Tower Hamlets Uncut invite you on a ‘guided tour’ of Canary Wharf.

Set in the historic heart of London’s east end, Canary Wharf is an up-and-coming destination for international finance. With tax avoidance, bonus bonanzas and financial mismanagement, there really is something for everyone.

Join workers and residents of Tower Hamlets for this fun and informative tour. We will take you inside some of the leading banks for the authentic ‘Canary Wharf experience’. Highlights include:

- The world HQ of Barclays Bank: serial tax avoiders, bonuses £3.4 billion

- The world HQ of HSBC: 253 of its staff got more than £1 million each in 2010

- US tax dodgers Bank of America and Citigroup

- Corporate law firm Allen and Overy: clients include BAE systems and vulture funds.

The tour departs at 5.30 from Canada Square (Canary Wharf tube or DLR). Look out for the tour guide with the umbrella. Bring something loud and a strong sense of justice.

About Tower Hamlets Uncut:

Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty in the country. The council has been forced to make £70 million of cuts to public services, including youth services, school support, mental health support and home care services.

At the same time, the borough is home to the Canary Wharf financial district. Its glass-plated towers dominate the borough skyline. Yet international finance treats Tower Hamlets like a tourist destination, with no regard for the people who live here. Our ‘guided tour’ will be a creative parody of a tourist tour - interesting and informative, though with a bit more noise!

Tower Hamlets Uncut was set up by public sector workers in the borough. Our first protest was in Barclays Bank the day that they revealed pay and bonuses of £110 million for their top five employees - and the day before Tower Hamlets council agreed massive cuts to our budget.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWwF-MtW88k
Meeting place Canada Square - outside Canary Wharf tube
Time to meet 17.30
Contact details towerhamletsuncut@gmail.com Follow us on twitter @HamletsUncut Follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tower-Hamlets-Uncut/110279052388200

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