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Amazon shareholders must intervene over ‘shocking’ treatment of supply chain workers, says Unite

AMAZON shareholders must intervene over the “shocking” treatment of the company’s supply chain workers, Unite demanded today.

To coincide with the delivery giant’s shareholders’ meeting Wednesday, activists will protest outside Amazon’s Fashion Studio in London’s East End to highlight the corporation’s poor treatment of people and its use of anti-union tactics around the world.

Examples include underpaid workers in Cambodia being tricked into signing resignation letters during the Covid-19 pandemic and a factory in Bangladesh closed in a union-busting move.

Ahead of an expected expansion of its operations in Britain, Unite is calling on Amazon to allow staff to form a union without fear,  accusing chief executive Jeff Bezos of spending millions to stop workers in Alabama unionising earlier this year.

Unite executive officer Sharon Graham said: “Whether it’s the UK, Cambodia, Bangladesh or the US, Amazon is associated with anti-union tactics and poor treatment. It’s time for shareholders to demand action.

“Workers and campaigners for social justice are in a battle with Amazon on a global scale to protect workers’ rights. It’s a battle we are determined to win.”

An Amazon spokesperson said: “We are committed to continuously supporting our suppliers, their workers, and their communities. In 2020, we created a $1.3 million (£900,000) fund to invest in organizations providing critical frontline support to workers impacted by the pandemic.”

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