GMB members are today protesting outside Amazon’s Croydon depot against the company’s tax avoidance and its poor treatment of staff.

GMB members protesting outside Amazon's Croydon depot in September 2014. Image courtesy of GMB

GMB members protesting outside Amazon’s Croydon depot in September 2014. Image courtesy of GMB

The company employs 7,000 permanent staff at least £7.10 per hour, with its 10,000 casual staff and 5,000 seasonal staff earning just £6.39.

GMB organiser Rob Macey said: “GMB will hand a corporate ASBO (Anti Social Behaviour Order) to Amazon as a result of their tax avoidance and poor treatment of workers.

“Amazon deny their staff the freedom to combine and be collectively represented by GMB and union activity has to be kept underground for fear of reprisals.

“So hostile are Amazon that union organisation is driven underground adopting the tactics of the French resistance or human rights campaigns in totalitarian regimes.

“The high tech way Amazon process orders and tracks inventory disguises that it is also a traditional labour intensive mail order retail business.”

* The demonstration takes place at the Amazon Depot, Purley Way, Croydon at 10.30am

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