Winnie Biyanyima of Oxfam is one of six co-chairs at the Davos World Economic Forum. She says her role there is to challenge the powerful elites and she goes armed with a new report that shows that on current trends by next year the world’s richest !% will hold more wealth than the other 99%.
Oxfam said it was calling on governments to adopt a seven point plan:
• Clamp down on tax dodging by corporations and rich individuals.
• Invest in universal, free public services such as health and education.
• Share the tax burden fairly, shifting taxation from labour and consumption towards capital and wealth.
• Introduce minimum wages and move towards a living wage for all workers.
• Introduce equal pay legislation and promote economic policies to give women a fair deal.
• Ensure adequate safety-nets for the poorest, including a minimum-income guarantee.
• Agree a global goal to tackle inequality.