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Amazon to create 800 new jobs

Online retail giant Amazon, which has a distribution centre in Doncaster, is to create 800 jobs before the end of the year as it gears up for the busy festive season.

The company also announced changes to shift patterns at its centres, moving from five-day eight-hour shifts to four-day 10-hour shifts. The move will give workers three days off every week.

Amazon's temporary workers will be offered the chance to take up the 800 new permanent posts.

Amazon has more than 4,500 permanent employees in its UK fulfilment centres and recently announced that it would be hiring in excess of 15,000 people on a temporary basis for the Christmas period.

Union gives Amazon an ASBO

The GMB Union will hand a large Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) to Amazon bosses at their Doncaster distribution centre today. is the British division of the firm and its accounts reveal that it did not pay a single penny of corporation tax in either 2010 or 2011.

It is estimated that Amazon's sales in the UK were around £2.8billion in 2010 which would have resulted in profits of around £125million. If corporation tax had been paid, charged at 28% in 2010, then they would have had a tax bill of £35million.

Tim Roache, Regional Secretary of the GMB said, "If these tax avoiding companies paid tax, just as decent hard working GMB members do, then the extra revenue coming into the treasury coffers would make the UK's budget cuts unnecessary."