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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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The European Parliament calls on Jeff Bezos of Amazon to testify

Wednesday 12 May 2021

The European Parliament is calling on Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos to testify before its Employment and Social Affairs Committee as part of a major investigation into one of the world’s largest technology companies. The hearing, set for 27 May, follows global worker unrest in Amazon warehouses and increased scrutiny over the U.S. tech giant’s treatment of workers. Last October, 37 members…

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Video: handing over our common demands to #MakeAmazonPay

Friday 27 November 2020

As scrutiny over Amazon’s anti-union practices, environmental impact, tax avoidance and worker safety intensifies in Europe and the United States, UNI Global Union, Progressive International, Oxfam, Greenpeace and dozens of civil society organizations, environmentalists and tax watchdogs are joining forces on Black Friday to #MakeAmazonPay. Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary of UNI Europa was with Progressive International to hand over our common demands to their lobbying office…

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Spanish Labour Inspectorate take action on Amazon’s bogus self-employment

Friday 16 October 2020

Amazon has been found to be breaking labour law in Spain. The country’s labour inspectorate found that Amazon had been pushing over 4000 people who work as delivery drivers for ‘Amazon Flex’ into bogus self-employment. The ruling requires Amazon to pay over €6 million in unpaid Social Security contributions that it had been evading by…

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German Amazon workers strike on Prime Day, as concerns over anti-union tactics grow

Tuesday 13 October 2020

As Amazon faces intense scrutiny from EU lawmakers, unions and the public over spying of labour activists, its workers in Germany—members of the union ver.di—are responding with a strike on Prime Day in the cities of Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz in what´s long-running struggle for better pay, working conditions and respect. ver.di members struck over the summer after workers…

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