By  on March 6, 2017
A British parliamentary inquiry will examine working practices in e-tail fulfillment centers, among other issues.

LONDON — A British parliamentary committee will begin hearings March 7 into the underregulated area of e-commerce fulfillment centers and related operations, including apparel factories that supply fast-growing e-tailers and which in some cases have stirred allegations of sweatshoplike conditions.

The inquiry, called "The Future of Work," will be overseen by Parliament's business, energy and industrial strategy committee. It follows a spate of British press reports detailing allegations of abusive work practices at distribution centers and apparel factories in the U.K., including arbitrary firings and no time for toilet breaks to overbearing surveillance and illegally low pay.

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