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Jeff Bezos defends Amazon working conditions from attack

Jeff Bezos has responded to a report published by the New York Times that described "a bruising workplace" in which people work long hours and employees could routinely be seen weeping at their desk. Bezos said that he had read the article and didn't recognise it as a description of the Amazon he knew.

New child

US: Netflix offers unlimited maternity and paternity leave

Netflix has introduced an unlimited leave policy for new parents that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after the birth, or adoption, of a child.


UK: IKEA to pay above living wage by 2016

IKEA has said that it is to be the first national retailer in the UK to pay all of its 9,000 workers significantly above the 'living wage' rate recently announced by the government as the new mandatory minimum.

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UK: Burberry and GlaxoSmithKline sign up to living wage

High end fashion firm Burberry and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline have been accredited as Living Wage employers, meaning that they have acted to ensure that employees and subcontractors are all paid a minimum of the Living Wage rate, currently set at £7.85 an hour.

Yahoo CEO

Women CEOs 'more likely to be fired'

New research suggests that female chief executives are more likely to be fired than their male peers. The study, which reviewed the 2,500 largest corporations showed that 10 percent more women CEOs were fired than male - a difference between four in ten women and three in ten men.

Samsung Brazil

Brazil: Samsung faces $110m claim for labour violations

Samsung is being sued by the Brazilian government over allegations of poor working conditions at its plant in the Amazon rainforest. The 5,600 workers are said to be made to work up to 15 hours a day, sometimes for extended periods with no days off.

Fukushima explosion

Japan: Tepco supplier exposed workers in Fukushima crisis

Nine workers for construction firm Build-Up were forced to under-report radiation exposure when they were dealing with the Fukushima nuclear plant crisis. A senior executive at the company order staff to attach lead plates to pocket dosimeters supplied by Tepco in order to keep the readings below government emergency safety limits.

France Telecom

France Telecom investigation over staff suicides linked to bullying

France Telecom is under investigation after 35 employee suicides in 2008 and 2009 have been linked to a restructuring programme that allegedly undermined employees' well being and was akin to bullying.

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Walmart targeted over labour practices at CJ Seafood

Over 140,000 people have signed a petition calling on Walmart to end its relationship with supplier CJ Seafood for alleged abusive working conditions.

PT Nikomas factory in Indonesia - Nike supplier

Indonesia: Nike supplier to pay $1m unpaid overtime to workers

PT Nikomas has reached a settlement to pay workers $1m in unpaid overtime to around 4,500 workers. The company, which makes shoes for Nike at its factory in Banten province, had failed to pay for nearly 600,000 hours of overtime in two years.

Photo outside a WalMex store

Netherlands: Walmart blacklisted by major pension fund

The country's biggest pension fund, Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds, has stated that it is to blacklist Walmart for a range of factors concerning its social and environmental practices.


US: Amazon slammed for warehouse working conditions

Amazon has been accused of subjecting workers to 'sweatshop conditions' at its warehouse in Pennsylvania where employees have complained of unbearable temperatures, high pressure and mandatory overtime.

McDonald's Restaurant

China: McDonald's and KFC probed over low wage accusations

The Labour Bureau in Guangdong province has begun a probe into allegations that McDonald's and KFC paid part-time employees less than the minimum wage of 7.5 yuan per hour.

Stress at work

UK: Survey shows impact bad management has on staff

Almost half of workers polled in the UK said that they had left a job because of bad management and that, given the option, they would rather take a pay cut than be managed by someone with poor skills.

Budweiser ad

US: Anheuser-Busch savaged for unequal pay by former head of PR

The brewer of beers such as Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch, is being sued by a former top executive for sex discrimination. According to the suit, the company encouraged a "frat party" corporate atmosphere, and maintained serious gender disparities in pay.

Data protection

UK: Balfour Beatty amongst those that bought worker blacklist

A number of construction firms, including Balfour Beatty, have been named by the information commissioner as having paid for information on blacklisted workers.

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China: Sale of steel group ended after workers kill executive

Thousands of rioting steel workers have brought an end to the proposed sale of a majority stake in the state-owned Tonghua and Steel Group. The workers fought with police, and beat to death a senior executive from the company that had been poised to buy the firm.

Data protection

UK: Government to ban anti-union blacklists

The government has said that it will introduce new laws to ban companies from using secret blacklists to avoid employing people that have been active with trade unions.

French protests at Sony

France: 45 percent support workers who kidnap bosses

An opinion poll has shown that 45 percent of French citizens believe that radical action by workers facing pay cuts or redundancies to kidnap their bosses to force concessions is acceptable. 50 percent believe it to be unacceptable.

Deutsche Bahn

Germany: Deutsche Bahn CEO goes in spying row

The chief executive of Germany's railway firm Deutsche Bahn is to leave after revelations that thousands of employees were spied upon during an operation intended to reduce corruption.

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