Retail union GMB accused internet shopping giant Amazon yesterday of seeking redundancies at a number of its British sites by “bypassing the law.”
The union said that staff were being offered a lump sum of £3,500 to leave — less than the legal minimum.
Amazon said a scheme had been launched to give staff who wanted to leave the chance of a “smooth transition,” but denied it was a redundancy programme.
“Amazon is bypassing the law when it comes to redundancies and getting rid of staff,” said GMB officer Elly Baker.
“At both Swansea and Milton Keynes members of staff have been verbally asked to consider voluntarily applying to leave the company for a lump sum of up to £3,500, less than the statutory amount due in many cases.
“The company has refused to put this offer in writing. This is in spite of the fact that staff who applied and were accepted to go were paid less than promised.”