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Part of Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine – in the House of Commons at 12:06 pm on 13th September 2018.

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Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Labour, Wolverhampton North East 12:06 pm, 13th September 2018

I second the call for a debate on the gig economy. Of course it is welcome that this sector of the economy employs thousands of people across the UK, but what the archbishop was referring to, apart from the fact that these companies are not paying enough tax, is the poor working conditions in these companies.

The GMB trade union made a freedom of information request of Amazon, which showed that 600 ambulances were called to Amazon warehouses across the UK over a three-year period. Workers complain that they are being penalised for taking toilet breaks and that pregnant women are forced to stand for 10 hours during their shifts. Surely companies like Amazon can afford to treat their workers correctly and to treat them like humans, not robots.