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Absolutely fantastic in-depth investigation into working conditions for subcontracted drivers operating the Amazon Flex programme, from gadget and tech site Gizmodo. As with almost anything involving Amazon, what happens with this company often dictates the future direction of the industry, and the delivery of goods from fulfilment centres to consumers’ homes remains a riddled with problems for e-commerce platforms, logistics operators and drivers alike. This includes the thorny issue of whether subcontracted drivers are being misclassified, and should actually be considered as employees. “Lawyers seemed most troubled to see these practices employed by a company of the size and wealth of Amazon. It’s too bad that Amazon is continuing to pursue these structures, because it doesn’t have to. All it has to do is pay the minimum wage, that’s all.”

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