AMAZON FACES PROBLEMS DOWNRIVER

Amazon warehouse workers in Europe swapped notes at the weekend on how to pressure the retail giant to improve their working conditions. Members of the Amazon Workers International coalition gathered in person and virtually to discuss how to make the temporary improvements introduced by Amazon during the pandemic permanent. It comes after French unions successfully forced Amazon to suspend its operations in France this summer. SOURCE: Business Insider

APPLE CASE FAR FROM SETTLED

Apple Inc.’s legal battle in Europe over a $15.2 billion tax bill will continue, potentially for years, after the European Union appealed a court ruling that sided with the tech giant. EU officials doubled down Friday on their ruling from 2016, which alleged that Ireland had granted illegal tax breaks to Apple. The commission’s competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, said the court had “made a number of errors,” prompting the appeal. SOURCE: WSJ

NEW BREXIT WARNING

European businesses are concerned about the lack of progress in the ongoing negotiations between Britain and the European Union and warning of a no-deal Brexit. “We are sleepwalking into a precipice,” Markus Bayrer, director general of the employers’ association Business Europe, said. “Going from full market integration to a no-deal scenario would have devastating consequences for companies that are already struggling with the impact of Covid-19,” Bayrer said. SOURCE: AAP

TWO SUITORS FOR WILLIAM HILL

Caesars Entertainment, the company behind the Caesars Palace hotel on the Las Vegas strip, is vying with Apollo Global Management to buy the UK bookmaker William Hill. Both groups have approached the FTSE 250 betting company with takeover proposals since late August, William Hill said on Friday, adding that there was no certainty that an offer would be made. SOURCE: Financial Times

EU DATA RULES IGNORED – CAMPAIGNER

Technology firms’ compliance with European restrictions on transatlantic data transfers is shockingly poor, Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems said on Monday, publishing a survey of companies including Facebook and Netflix. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in July that the data arrangement set up in 2016, called Privacy Shield, was invalid under Europe’s privacy framework because of concerns about U.S. surveillance. SOURCE: Reuters

PHOTO: An activist holds up a mask depicting Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, during a protest against the opening of a new Amazon office in Berlin, Germany, February 22, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi