Amazon Responds to Union Pressure, but Still Denies Workers’ Rights

Labor News

Reprinted from an ITUC press release by its staff on October 2, 2018.

Sharan Burrow, International Trade Union Confederation General Secretary, said: “Amazon is a top-predator in the corporate greed stakes, and treats the men and women who work for it with no respect. From Jeff Bezos at the top, down to middle management, the company uses every trick in the book to stop its workers organising into unions to improve working conditions and bargain collectively for decent conditions and pay that reflects the full value of the work they do. Amazon has an appalling record on workers’ health and safety, and imposes work practices on them that would have been unacceptable 100 years ago, let alone today. Trade unions will keep up the pressure on this company until it changes its feudal corporate culture.”

While Amazon has announced wage increases for UK and US workers, unions are calling for increases for its entire global workforce.

ITUC press release 10/3

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