This is where you will find a selection of news coverage of Action on Amazon and related campaigning. Here is what has already been said:
Amazon shifts up to £8.2bn of UK revenues to low-tax Luxembourg, report finds
“Our call for a public inquiry is a demand for transparency and social responsibility. That means opening the books and giving workers the freedom to form a union without fear” Sharon Graham
Amazon protests to be held in Middlesbrough over ‘price gouging’
Unite accuses Amazon of profiteering from covid-19 pandemic
SURVATION POLL shows 76% of public support trade union rights for Amazon Workers
Action on Amazon partnered with Survation to find out what the British public think about Amazon workers. The results showed overwhelming support for workers.
Unite executive officer Sharon Graham said: “Amazon workers have played a crucial part in people’s lives during the pandemic and the public expects fair employment practices and decent terms and conditions.
Amazon attacks all attempts by workers to gain a collective voice of their own but it is now time for a new settlement. The public strongly supports Amazon workers’ right to trade union representation regardless of whether the workers are directly employed or if they work in the gig economy“
Read the full survey here; https://www.survation.com/amazon-workers-viewed-as-key-workers-by-public/
UNITE press release; https://bit.ly/AmazonPoll
Amazon fair treatment campaign targets Sheffield
Campaigners in Sheffield call for action as Amazon profits triple amid reports of union busting and poor treatment
Stoke-on-Trent activists target Amazon over workers’ rights
Protestors call for Amazon to respect workers’ rights
Campaigners call out Amazon in protest at Lincoln Cathedral
Activists protest in Banbury against exploitation at Amazon
Amazon protest planned outside Leicester City’s King Power Stadium
Time to let unions in, Unite tells Amazon as it recruits 10,000
‘Action on Amazon’ campaign continues in Darlington
Amazon campaigners to unveil banner at Lichfield Cathedral
Protesters against Amazon take their campaign to North-East landmarks in day of action
Union challenges Bezos on workers’ rights as Amazon triples profits
Amazon ‘must let workers join unions without fear’
Amazon boss asked to sign union pledge
Unite warns Amazon against using corporate spies and Alabama style tactics in Britain
Amazon protest held outside Rochester Cathedral
Amazon’s European workers are plotting action on an epic scale
For almost a decade, workers at the heart of Amazon’s operations in Europe have fought for better working conditions, and failed. After Alabama, they have a new plan
unite unveiled banners targeting amazon in new ‘deal for’ workers
AMAZON’S IRISH WORKERS URGED TO ‘BLOW THE WHISTLE’ IF THEY FACE POOR CONDITIONS
UNITE OPENS WHISTLEBLOWERS’ HOTLINE FOR AMAZON WORKERS
Amazon’s staff in Britain to get hotline to report unfair working conditions
The confidential service run by Unite is part of a union blitz, starting tomorrow, to help 40,000 staff at the web giant’s 17 UK depots. Amazon saw UK sales rise 51% in 2020 to £19.4bn
Union creates hotline for disgruntled Amazon staff
The trade union Unite is setting up a hotline for Amazon staff to complain about their treatment at work.
Sharon Graham told the BBC it was time the internet retail giant shared its “bonanza profits with the workers who help make them”.
Amazon’s denial of workers urinating in bottles puts the pee in PR fiasco
‘You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?’ a tweet from the Amazon News account read.
Read in full at The Guardian
14-hour days and no bathroom breaks: Amazon’s overworked delivery drivers
Drivers report being underpaid and having to urinate in bottles in their vehicles to keep up with delivery rates.
Amazon has been publicly opposed to unionization and organizing among their employees, most recently through an anti-union campaign launched ahead of a union election vote at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, which has included anti-union captive audience meetings and sending mass texts and ads to workers encouraging them to vote against the union.
Read in full in The Guardian.
Amazon’s empty pledge leaves agency workers without shifts and pay
Company policy against zero-hours contracts falls flat with warehouse workers ‘treated like disposable labour’. Reports the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Amazon faces spying claims over AI cameras in vans
Amazon has begun using AI-powered cameras in delivery vans that constantly record footage of drivers – BBC NEWS
German union calls four-day strike at Amazon sites ahead of Easter
The trade union Verdi has called for workers at six Amazon sites in Germany to go on strike from Sunday evening for four days in the latest attempt to try to force the U.S. e-commerce group to recognise collective bargaining agreements.
Bernie Sanders rips into Jeff Bezos:
‘You are worth $182 billion … why are you doing everything in your power to stop your workers’ from unionizing?
Unions call strike at Amazon’s logistic operations in Italy on March 22
Unions in Italy said on Thursday they had called on workers at Amazon’s logistics operations in the country to go on a 24-hour strike on March 22 after talks with a business lobby group over working conditions of delivery service suppliers broke down. Read more from Reuters.
Amazon intensifies ‘severe’ effort to discourage first-ever US warehouse union Movement to unionize workers in Alabama faces tough opposition
Amazon Is Paying Consultants Nearly $10,000 a Day to Obstruct Union Drive
Martin Levitt — who renounced his 20-year career as an anti-union consultant to write a landmark memoir, Confessions of a Union Buster, in the early 1990s — famously said that union busting is a “dirty business” which is “populated by bullies and built on deceit. Read on at Truthout.