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FNV lays out Dutch approach as Amazon opens first warehouse in Netherlands

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Amazon is setting up its first e-commerce sorting centre in the Netherlands. FNV, the country’s largest trade union, has sent an open letter to the corporation’s national CEO outlining its expectations. “The Dutch have established a valuable tradition of consultation between employers and employees as well as a tradition of collective agreements on terms and…

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The Amazon Panopticon is Bad for Workers and for Democracy

Wednesday 7 July 2021

The Amazon Panopticon, UNI Global Union’s latest report on the intrusive and all-encompassing Amazon worker surveillance systems—Amazon fast purchasing, sheds light on the pernicious effects this system has on its 1.3 million workers. Amazon warehouse workers and drivers are constantly subjected to a high-pressure environment that breaks their bodies and ultimately forces them to quit….

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Make Amazon Pay: from the streets to the European Parliament

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Calls to hold Amazon to account have been growing across Europe. UNI Europa recently participated in a string of actions that have set out a path for EU action. The #MakeAmazonPay campaign global call to action saw actions take place across Europe and the world. In Brussels, UNI Europa was joined by Members of the…

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UNI blasts Amazon for refusing to testify before EU Parliament

Wednesday 26 May 2021

Christy Hoffman, the General Secretary of UNI Global Union, the 20-million strong service workers union federation, blasted Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today for refusing to participate in an official European Parliament hearing schedule for May 27th to investigate Amazon’s attacks on fundamental workers’ rights. “Amazon had $44 billion in sales in Europe and paid no corporate taxes….

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Tax break ruling shows need for political answer to Amazon

Wednesday 12 May 2021

The EU Court of Justice has today over-ruled the European Commission’s 2017 order for Amazon to pay €250 million in unpaid taxes. A technical loophole has meant the corporate behemoth may get away with shifting the profits it generates across Europe to notoriously tax-friendly Luxembourg. In 2017, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager instructed Amazon to pay…

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