UK — Amazon Accused of Treating Workers Unfairly

  • Amazon has been accused of cancelling workers shifts last minute.
  • Hundreds of wages have been left unpaid due to the company’s zero hours’ policy that guarantees no pay for workers who had rendered their services.
  • Amazon has been accused of firing its workers who advocate for unionization.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has decried this move adding that the employees have been treated as disposable labor and have been left with a struggle to clear their bills. It also said that workers received fewer shifts than what was indicated in the advertisement.

Amazon cuts shifts revealed in investigation.

Amazon has been accused of cancelling workers shifts last minute through an investigation. Hundreds of wages have been left unpaid due to the company’s zero hours’ policy that guarantees no pay for workers who had rendered their services. This has been seen as a breach of the company’s employment policy.

The problem has been brought out by Amazon’s option of outsourcing recruitment through temporary agencies. Reacting to the findings, Angela Rayner, deputy leader, The Labor Party said that the government should not allow companies to treat workers as lesser beings but instead they should pay them fair wages and uphold their rights. Rayner called on the government to get to the root cause of the accusation and offer the best solution.

Amazon has made lots of profit and has grown significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is because most people decided to stay at home to help curb the spread of the virus so they opted to make their purchases online through Amazon.

According to reports, Amazon’s last year’s UK sales increased by half to £ 19.4 billion.  The company also occupied a third of all UK warehouse space during the summer. Amazon, an online retail giant, is the second-largest private employer in the United States after Walmart Inc. It has around 1.3 million people across the world.

Amazon union voting negotiation affecting workers.

This comes at a time when Amazon has been on the limelight for its opposition of its workers joining unions.  The workers have complained of poor working conditions and lack of proper support especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

The workers have argued that their lives are in danger a situation that has prompted them to fight to join the workers’ unions.  Analysts have said if this move by the company’s Alabama workers sails through then it will have paved a way for all its workers. It will be a major breakthrough.

Over the past months, Amazon has tried to stop the currently on-going mail-in voting that is scheduled to go on till end of March. The company filed a motion asking the U.S. National Labor Relations Board to halt the union election citing bias. Amazon was campaigning for the in-person voting arguing that it will be unsafe with the global pandemic but the organizers rejected their plea.

The company argues that it already provides the workers with all that the union promises. Amazon has been accused of firing its workers who advocate for unionization. Last year, Christian Smalls a warehouse worker who had organized for a protest calling for better working conditions during the pandemic was fired. Some of the workers who joined in the protest were also fired.

Juliet Norah

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