Amazon’s Aggressive Anti-Union Tactics Revealed in Leaked 45-Minute Video

Amazon, America’s second-largest employer, has so far remained immune to any attempts by US workers to form a union. With rumblings of employee organisation at Whole Foods—which Amazon bought for $13.7 billion (£10.5 billion) last year—a 45-minute union-busting training video produced by the company was sent to Team Leaders of the grocery chain last week, according to sources with knowledge of the store’s activities. Recordings of those videos, obtained by Gizmodo, provide valuable insight into the company’s thinking and tactics. Read More >>

Payouts to Rideshare Drivers Have Shrunk By Half, Study Finds

Earnings for gig economy workers in the transportation sector—think drivers for Uber— plummeted by 53 per cent in the US, according to research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Read More >>

Factory Making Amazon Products in China Violated All Kinds of Labour Laws

Factory workers in China tasked with building Amazon’s popular Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers are exposed to horrendous work environments and conditions that often are in violation of Chinese law, a recent report from a watchdog group found. Read More >>

Amazon Sued by Former Human Resources Administrator for Alleged ‘Unlawful Employment Practices’

Amazon Logistics acted discriminatorily and unlawfully fired a former senior human resources administrator, a suit filed in Florida’s Southern District Court alleges. Read More >>

Apple Details Alarming Labour Issues In Latest Supply Chain Report

Apple released its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report on Wednesday, detailing the ways in which the company is trying to improve the state of its supply chain. It’s an important practice given Apple has come under fire in the not-so-distant past for its factory workers’ hellish working conditions. Read More >>

Here’s the Hilary Benn Syria Speech Transcript in Full

Following an intense, highly charged day of debate, Parliament last night voted in favour of bombing Syria, with the first air strikes against so-called Islamic State (IS), widely referred to as Daesh in the parliamentary talks, taking place around an hour after the results came in. '#SyriaVote' has dominated the UK's top Twitter trends over the course of the week, with the British Twitter public largely opposed to the politicians’ decision. Read More >>

Labour Election Win Will Tank the Economy, Says… Video Game

You know how EA always simulates a World Cup in FIFA [year number] before the tournament, to project which round England will crash out of in underwhelming shame? Someone's done that with the election now, feeding an approximation of Labour's policies into world-running economics simulator Democracy 3. Read More >>

What it’s Like Inside One of the World’s Largest Bitcoin Mines

Bitcoin mines are a lot like mineral mines: dark, dismal, and dangerous. Most people wouldn't know this, though, since these facilities are tucked away in weird, remote corners of the globe. That said, Motherboard recently visited one of the world's largest bitcoin mines in a remote corner of China and made a documentary about it. Read More >>

Your Electronics are Probably the Product of Forced Labour

The internet keeps a close eye on what companies like Apple, Samsung, and Sony import out of Southeast Asia, since those components hint at products coming down the pipeline. The US Department of Labor keeps a close watch too, but for a very different reason: Uncovering "modern-day slavery" by the companies that make electronics. Read More >>

Samsung Labour Conditions are Still Terrible

Samsung recently commissioned an independent inspection of 100 of its suppliers in China. Surprise: their working conditions are still dreadful. Read More >>

RIP Tony Benn, Early Advocate of the British Computing Industry

Tony Benn, Labour party politician and former Cabinet Minister has died, aged 88. While Benn will largely be remembered for his often-radical left-wing stance, Benn was also among the first British politicians to predict the importance of having a solid computing industry in the country. Read More >>

Labour is Planning a Benefit-Claimant Kicking Too, With Maths & English Tests for All

If the Labour party was to win the next general election it would introduce a "basic skills test" for unemployed benefits claimants, with the power to stop payments being made to those who fail a maths and English test and refuse training to rectify their numeracy and literacy problems. Read More >>

Report: Apple Supplier Flextronics Used Indentured Employees

Bloomberg Businessweek has an in-depth report today alleging that electronics supplier Flextronics used recruiters who charged workers exorbitant fees to place them in Malaysian plants, confiscating their passports and deserting them in employee housing without food when production idled. Read More >>

Do You Ever Have Much Luck With Train Wi-Fi?

It's got to the point where I don't even attempt to connect to a train's Wi-Fi network, such is my boiling rage when it doesn't connect / takes hours to load a single webpage. I'd rather remain disconnected for my journey, than have a tantalising-yet-infuriating sniff of a connection. But do you have more luck? And if so, give us your trainspotter stats below, please... Read More >>