European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

Panel 14: Amazon

Tuesday 28 June, 14:00-15:30

Amazon has been a frontrunner in exploiting the openings digitalisation and globalisation bring to multinational companies. In this panel, we will discuss a range of interrelated factors that together will shed light on the employment consequences of what we call ‘digital monopolies’. The topics are:

  1. Amazon Mechanical Turk: a symbol for the future of a polarised labour market characterised by precarious employment and high staff turnovers.
  2. Amazon’s supply chain domination: e-monopolies disrupting the single market for services and fair competition.
  3. The challenges posed to taxation, funding of public services and social security by digital platforms such as those offered by Amazon Mechanical Turk.


  • Kristy Milland,
  • Luc Hendrickx, UEAPME
  • Thomas Voß, ver.di - PRESENTATION

Discussant: Fredrik Söderqvist, Unionen Sweden

Moderator: Christina J. Colclough, UNI Europa - PRESENTATION

Read the short summary of this panel debate.

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