first_imgUnions push for recognition at AmazonOn 13 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Unionsin Europe and North America are stepping up claims for recognition and betterworking conditions at Amazon.com, the online books and entertainment retailer.Representativesfrom unions in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the US will meet inWashington on 1 March to discuss a coordinated campaign.PeterLockhart, regional Graphical Media and Printing Union organiser for the SouthMidlands, where Amazon.com’s UK staff are based, said the 250 UK staff at thebook-packing centre near Bedford face “Victorian working methods” anda basic rate of £5 an hour.TheGPMU has 52 members at the Bedford site ñ up from 17 before Christmas. This isabove the 10 per cent threshold to trigger a ballot for union recognition, butbelow the 50 per cent for automatic recognition. Lockhartsaid, “Recognition is our ultimate goal, but we are trying to raise ourprofile among workers at the company and indicate to Amazon that our effortsare not piecemeal.”A spokesman for Amazon.co.uk said, “We offer ouremployees an excellent compensation package which includes competitive basepay, performance bonuses, benefits including private health care, long-termdisability cover and a non-contributory pension. We also have a workscouncil.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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