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MSPs question government money for Amazon

Feb 16

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Amazon receive millions despite low wages and alleged tax avoidance  

Members of the Scottish Parliament and Unions have said that Amazon should not be given taxpayers’ cash to fund their expansion in Edinburgh until they give workers’ better pay and pay a fairer rate of tax.

Amazon have received more than £7.5million in grants from Holyrood ministers since 2004 but opposition politicians have demanded that Amazon receive no more assistance until they start paying a living and paying a fairer rate of tax wage reports the Daily Record.



Are the SNP funding Amazon?

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: “We need a guarantee from the SNP Government that they are not funding Amazon’s expansion in Scotland. The new warehouse in Edinburgh should not receive a single penny of ­taxpayers’ money.

“If they won’t pay more tax and won’t pay the living wage then the Government should not pay them."

“The Government must be open about this, especially after they paid Amazon almost £1million last year.”

This cash subsidy from the Scottish government comes after the UK arm of the business paid just £11.9million in tax in 2014, despite taking in £5.3billion from British shoppers.

The firm is reported be opening a warehouse in Edinburgh that is set to deliver goods only an hour after they have been ordered.

Dave Moxham, deputy general secretary of the STUC, told the Daily Record: “We would like a guarantee from the Scottish Government that no grant to Amazon will be ­forthcoming unless the company undertake to pay the living wage to all employees and deal with complaints in relation to the other two sites.”


Government engagement

Nicola Sturgeon told Holyrood more than two weeks ago that Skills and Training ­Secretary Roseanna Cunningham would “engage directly with ­Amazon” about the living wage.

Rennie said: “All the warm words and promises from the SNP don’t amount to much.

“The reality is they have been funding Amazon even though they pay below the living wage and should be paying more tax.”

Amazon declined to comment to the Daily Record.


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