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Inside the Amazon Warehouse - Monopsony under Scrutiny

Geoff Riley

11th November 2018

BBC Newsnight pays a visit to the huge Amazon logistics facility in Rugeley, Staffordshire to look at working conditions. Has it successfully replaced the jobs lost when the Staffordshire coal mines went into structural decline?

How good is the working environment seven years on from the opening of a facility that covers the area of ten football pitches? Amazon has recently lifted the minimum pay rates to £9.50 per hour and also offers private medical insurance and training grants. Perhaps the reality inside the factory differs from widely-held local perceptions?

How strong are the local multiplier effects of such an enormous online retail investment? Eighty percent of employees come from outside the local town and a lot of the money earned leaves Rugeley.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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