Wednesday July 15, 2020

The balance of power between Amazon and Ireland

Ireland can't simply roll over when multinationals make demands, but we should listen to genuine concerns

5th October, 2017
Amazon told government it could treble Irish workforce. Pic: Getty

The e-commerce giant also criticised the government for its lack of a ‘cloud first’ approach from the public sector. Internal government papers said that Amazon “viewed that as an indicator that government is not fully supportive of [the] digital economy/workplace of the future”.

So just what should we make of Amazon’s stance? Is it a case of a multinational effectively holding a government to ransom with the promise of highly-paid...

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