Techworker Podcast: Amazon succeeds in crushing union effort
In this week's episode of the Techworker podcast, Paul and Dan discuss Amazon's success in crushing the effort by union workers in Alabama. Also: A tough week for Google, Uber, and Deliveroo.
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