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Amazon investigated by US state over pay allegations

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At Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Israel, a shoplifter is accused of stealing from the store, while a second worker who called the police on the first is fired over unrelated matters.

But it doesn’t stop there. The second worker is then reprimanded and refused leave, and reported to police over the incident.

Amazon Israel, the company’s Indian-headquartered distribution centre and the one responsible for distribution within the UK, has agreed to a settlement with the American state of California, which forced the company to implement a workplace improvement programme that included setting up an anonymous whistleblowing hotline.

The settlement does not guarantee higher wages or wider workplace protection, but the changes will require Amazon to pay a large amount of money to one of the victims and consider how to improve working conditions across its entire operations.

It’s not known how the agreement will impact that office or its immediate workers. It’s unlikely there would be any legal way for the company to cope with a mass walkout due to the unfair labour practices outlined in the settlement.

We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment and will update accordingly.

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