English taxpayers’ millions to Amazon.com exploiters

This video from Britain says about itself:

BBC Panorama – Amazon, The Truth Behind the Click

2 December 2013

It’s the online retailer that has transformed the way we shop, but how does Amazon treat the workers who retrieve our orders? Working conditions in the company’s giant warehouses have been condemned by unions as among the worst in Britain. Panorama goes undercover to find out what happens after we fill our online shopping basket.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Friday, 3 August 2018

£600m public sector Amazon contract! – ‘a sick joke’ says GMB

INTERNET retail giant Amazon being awarded a £600 million contract to provide for our public services is a ‘sick joke’ given the company’s ‘record of exploitation’, trade union GMB said yesterday.

Amazon has secured a contract to sell everything from paper clips to bandages to Yorkshire’s schools, social care providers and emergency services. If an order from Amazon on-line goes missing in the post it can be infuriating. However, if an order for medical equipment for an Accident and Emergency department does not arrive, that can be life-threatening!

Amazon signed the five-year deal with Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO), a procurement body owned by local authorities which helps to drive the cost of goods down by agreeing mass deals with suppliers.

Neil Derrick, GMB Regional Secretary, said: ‘Amazon has a record of exploitation so terrible, literally hundreds of ambulances are called out to their warehouses as workers suffer from appalling conditions at work. ‘The idea a company like that can provide services for emergency services is a sick joke. ‘If they really wanted to help our public services, they’d pay taxes properly and treat their workforce better. ‘Instead, they’re trying to make a few million quid from our cash-strapped councils. ‘It’s a crying shame the Conservative’s obsessive austerity drive has left local authorities in this position – having to drive public procurement through an anti-public service ethos company such as Amazon.’

Saturday, August 4, 2018. Amazon’s ‘dodgy tax set-up’ shows the government is ‘letting down the country,’ says GMB. The richest man in the world Jeff Bezos’s company paid just £1.7 million in tax last year: here.

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