Now is the winter of Amazon’s discount tents

At_the_South_Pole,_December_1911Amazon workers have been sleeping in tents close to the company’s fulfillment centre in Fife.

According to the local press, three tents have been spotted in woodland beside the online retail giant’s base just off the M90 in Dunfermline in recent days.

The news follows claims that the agency workers are working up to 60 hours per week for little more than the minimum wage and are harshly treated.

The idea is that to save money commuting the workers are living in tents to during the Christmas rush.

One worker, who did not wish to be named, told the The Courier that the firm was a “poor employer” and criticised working practices at the Fife site.

He added that he had opted to stay in a tent as it was easier and cheaper than commuting from his home in Perth.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP, who has repeatedly called for the firm to improve its working conditions and its tax record, once more slammed Amazon after learning that some workers had apparently taken to staying in the woods.

“Amazon should be ashamed that they pay their workers so little that they have to camp out in the dead of winter to make ends meet,” he told The Courier.

“They pay a small amount of tax and received millions of the pounds from the SNP Government so the least they should do is pay the proper living wage.
Amazon employs around 1,500 staff on a permanent basis at its Dunfermline fulfillment centre but has created 4,000 seasonal jobs to help cover the busy Christmas and New Year period.