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Amazon wins vote preventing Alabama warehouse workers from unionising

Amazon wins vote preventing Alabama warehouse workers from unionising

Technology
Amazon workers have voted not to unionise at one of the company's warehouses in Alabama in a major victory for the company.The majority of the 3,215 votes cast from roughly 5,800 workers in Bessemer, Alabama, were against unionising, according to a preliminary count by the US National Labor Relations Board. Defeating the move to unionise will be seen as a great success for Amazon, which has reportedly spent millions to monitor and tackle union activities among its workforce, including hiring intelligence analysts to track staff suspected of organising. Image: The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is bringing a complaint against the company. Pic: AP The Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has complained that ...
Liberty Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta promises workers ‘no plants will close under my watch’

Liberty Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta promises workers ‘no plants will close under my watch’

Business
Liberty Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has promised thousands of UK workers facing uncertainty after the collapse of lender Greensill that he will not close any of its plants.In an interview with Sky News, Mr Gupta gave a bullish assessment of prospects for the business - while admitting the collapse was a "shock to the system". He said his business empire had already been in the process of switching away from Greensill as a source of financing and that his only regret was not doing so earlier. Image: The Liberty plant at Rotherham is part of Mr Gupta's steel empire In comments directed at Liberty Steel's 3,000 UK workers, Mr Gupta said: "I will not give up on you. You are my family."Under my watch, none of my steel plants will close, I p...
AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heard

AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heard

Technology
Getty ImagesArtificial intelligence and machine learning exist on the back of a lot of hard work from humans.Alongside the scientists, there are thousands of low-paid workers whose job it is to classify and label data - the lifeblood of such systems.But increasingly there are questions about whether these so-called ghost workers are being exploited.As we train the machines to become more human, are we actually making the humans work more like machines?And what role do these workers play in shaping the AI systems that are increasingly controlling every aspect of our lives?The most well-established of these crowdsourcing platforms is Amazon Mechanical Turk, owned by the online retail giant and run by its Amazon Web Services division.But there are others, such as Samasource, CrowdFlower and M...

Democrats want to send more unemployment benefits. Some workers never got the last round

Finance
Volunteers load shopping bags with food assistance for laid off workers at a food distribution event on Dec. 12, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesDemocrats are poised to send more unemployment benefits to laid-off workers. Meanwhile, some workers are still waiting on the last tranche, authorized months ago.A $ 900 billion Covid relief bill signed Dec. 27 extended jobless benefits to March 14 and raised them by $ 300 a week.In Wisconsin, officials estimate self-employed and gig workers won't get that extra aid until at least April 21 — almost four months later.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsOther workers who had exhausted their state benefits just began receiving the extended aid on Thursday, according to Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development....
Google workers announce new global union alliance

Google workers announce new global union alliance

Business
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Google workers announced Monday a new global union alliance to hold the company accountable. The new alliance called Alpha Global, in recognition of Google's parent company Alphabet, was formed in coordination with Union Network International Global Union, a global union that brings together 20 million workers from various sectors in the service economy, according to a UNI Global Union post. Advertisement Alpha Global comprises 13 different unions representing workers in 10 countries, with the United States, Britain and Switzerland, being among them, The Verge reported. It seeks to make Google live up to its ideals. "[Google] is a place where many workers came to change the world -- to make it more democratic -- only to find Alphabet suppressing speech and cracking down ...