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Amazon accused of poor conditions at Scottish warehouse

Amazon has been accused of creating “intolerable working conditions” by a Scottish politician after claims that some workers camp outside its warehouse in tents as they are paid so little. 

The Liberal Democrat leader in Scotland, Willie Rennie, said the etailer should be “ashamed” that some workers at its warehouse in Dunfermline are camping.

Over the weekend The Courier newspaper published photographs of tents near the site that it said were being lived in by Amazon workers.

Rennie added: ”It’s time for Amazon to finally change their ways. That means a change to wages and to working conditions.”

A spokeswoman for Amazon said: “Amazon provides a safe and positive workplace. The safety and wellbeing of our permanent and temporary associates is our number one priority.

”We are also proud to have been able to create several thousand new permanent roles in our UK fulfilment centres over the last five years. We pay competitive wages - all permanent and temporary Amazon associates start on £7.35 an hour or above regardless of age and £11 an hour and above for overtime.”

Meanwhile, Amazon is reportedly preparing to open checkout-free grocery stores in the UK after registering a UK trademark for its Amazon Go format.

The etailer opened its first bricks-and-mortar food store on 5 December near its headquarters in Seattle.

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