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Workers in Leeds to begin week of action by demanding Amazon guarantees workers union rights

TRADE UNION campaigners will complete a week of action today in Leeds, demanding that online sales giant Amazon signs a declaration guaranteeing workers union rights and better working conditions.

Activists have also been promoting a confidential hotline phone number for workers to report poor working conditions and other problems.

They staged banner drops at sites across the city this week.

During the pandemic lockdown Amazon profits have soared, all thanks to the company’s workers, Unite said.

Unite executive officer Sharon Graham said: “Amazon’s profits have tripled off the backs of workers who have been essential during the pandemic. But the company continues to be plagued by reports of poor working conditions and anti-union tactics.

“Amazon workers are not currently free to join a union without fear, and without obstruction and propaganda being deployed against them.

“Workers have serious concerns about issues such as bullying, mandatory overtime, intense surveillance, break-neck production targets and much more besides. Amazon workers need an independent voice to stand up against injustices in the workplace.”

The hotline is 0800 141-461.

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