Spain fines Amazon over labor law violations

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Spain fines Amazon over labor law violations

Catalonia's labor laws have once again been breached by Amazon. Over the past few years, regional labor authorities have investigated Amazon's subcontracting practices.Amazon was fined €3.2 million for similar violations of labor laws in 2020, following a penalty of over €800,000 in 2019. Local media reported that the Generalitat fined 17 companies for providing Amazon with delivery services and temporary staff in both cases, for a total of about €2.6 million.

In a statement, a regional government spokesperson said: "According to the Statute of Workers Rights, the Catalan Labour Inspectorate proposes to fine Amazon €5.8M for subcontracting workers.In response to a request for comment, Amazon's spokesperson said "We don't comment on ongoing legal cases" - suggesting Amazon is appealing.Spanish labor laws were reformed last year to target bogus self-employment classifications of couriers by delivery platforms.

A government spokesperson confirmed, however, that Amazon's practices are being challenged under the Statute of Workers Rights rather than the targeted labor reforms that targeted on-demand delivery platforms that use 'gig' labor instead of employees.Policy and enforcement action are both aimed at tackling labor practices that can lead to precarious employment situations, where workers are subject to worse conditions and benefits than if they were directly employed.

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