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Old 13th December 2013, 08:18   #1 (permalink)
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Boycott Amazon

The ugly side of capitalism, no respect for thier workforce or the taxpayer and not deserving of anyone's custom. They are not even that cheap, five minutes shopping around will get you a better deal either online or on the High Street.

Alternatives to Amazon: MPs spread seasonal boycott message | Money | The Guardian
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Have to say the "alternatives" they give in the article are poor at best
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Re: Boycott Amazon

Great idea.

And while we're at it let’s boycott all retailers, manufacturers and countries that are capitalist exploiters of the workforce.

We’d save a helluva lot of money!
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Alternatives, alternatives! What about the TLF shop!
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Nothing wrong with capitalism and a worker selling his labour, but Amazon take it to a new level, trouble is there a lot of desperate people who will take any employment. Is thsi what Thacher wanted when she declawed the trade unions? Maybe it was?

Tagged by their bosses, zero-hour Amazon workers: Employees are not guaranteed any income | Mail Online

Amazon bosses tried to save money by encouraging the agency to deceive staff by not offering holiday pay. ‘The agency reps were instructed not to tell them,’ he said. Speaking about the use of tracking equipment on staff, he said: ‘They were monitored every minute on the performance console’ You could log on at any time and see what people were picking, packing, and what their rates were. If their rates weren’t up to scratch you’d have to go and give them a bit of a boost or release them.’ One former zero-hour contract employee said: ‘You could turn in for work at seven in the morning and be sent home at eight.’

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I never worked for Amazon , however a previous employer utilised the same methods and monitoring. I could look at a screen and see productivity to a second , particularly " still time "

The attitude was " switch em on and switch em off ".

One night a 22:00 shift was ended at midnight for the agency staff. One guy travelled down from London on the train , 2 hours work did not even cover his fare to work.

After midnight he was seen in the canteen , when challenged he said " i can't get a train til 05:30 can i stay here " , no was the stern reply and he ( a young lad ) was kicked out on the streets of an industrial estate.

A driver risked his job and gave him a lift up to town , rather than leave him loitering on the street.

Agency staff were given no basic hours , no notice of shift lengthening , extra hours were compulsory on demand , or curtailment , no notice of being needed until 6 hours , sometimes less of needing to attend the next shift.

Facory gate piece work , yes , we have gone back to the bad old days.

How can anyone live like that ?

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Re: Boycott Amazon

The article refers to the amount of tax Amazon pay. Everything they do, tax avoidance, is legal. Are there any of us who would pay less tax, legally, if we could avoid it?

It seems a bit odd that the law makers of The United Kingdom,want us to do their work for them. They have the power to change tax laws.

They also have the power to change employment laws.

We have, allegedly , the most intelligent people in the country working in the Civil Service and time after time they fail to forsee the ways around the legislation which private accountants and lawyers can find within hours.

I will continue to use Amazon. To plagarise an advertising slogan. "It does exactly as it says on the tin".
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lets boycott mp,s as well ---we,d save a absolute fortune!
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