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Campaigners continue action against Amazon in Sheffield

The campaign takes place amid reports of union-busting and poor treatment of workers at the online retailer

CAMPAIGNERS in Sheffield continued their action against Amazon today amid reports of union-busting and poor treatment of workers at the online retailer.

The Unite union is running a mobile campaign targeting the multinational’s different delivery centres in Britain, calling on the company, which has seen its profits skyrocket during the Covid-19 pandemic, to allow staff to organise freely. 

Members held banners promoting the union’s confidential whistleblowing telephone hotline for Amazon staff to report bad bosses.

Earlier this week, Unite executive officer Sharon Graham said workers at the US-owned company are not currently free to unionise without “fear, obstruction and propaganda” being deployed against them, warning staff have reported bullying and intense surveillance.

US Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, lost their ballot to form what would have been a groundbreaking union to protect workers in precarious employment in April. 

The vote was reportedly plagued by a “catalogue of tactics” to stop workers organising, Unite said, accusing the company of spending thousands of dollars a day on anti-union consultants.

The company also hired two former FBI agents in September last year to track “labour organising threats,” the union argued.

An Amazon spokesperson said: “We respect our employees’ right to join, form, or not to join a labour union or other lawful organisation of their own selection, without fear of reprisal, intimidation, or harassment.

“Across Amazon, including in our fulfilment centres, we place enormous value on having daily conversations with each associate and work to make sure direct engagement with our employees is a strong part of our work culture.”

The whistleblower hotline number is (0800) 0141-461.


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