Amazon employees set for vote on becoming a member of a commerce union | EUROtoday

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Online large Amazon may recognise a commerce union within the UK for the primary time after a poll is to start out on Monday.

Workers on the firm’s Coventry web site will begin voting on whether or not they need the GMB union to signify them.

Firstly, 40 per cent of staff should vote, whether or not they’re union members or not. If this threshold just isn’t met, the poll fails. Then if the 40 per cent threshold is met, it’s a straight majority of the vote that decides the end result.

Amazon maintains that its staff have all the time had the selection of becoming a member of a union.

The GMB will stage protests at Amazon warehouses throughout the UK as voting begins and a rally will even be held outdoors Amazon’s London head workplace.

The union stated greater than 3,000 employees will participate within the poll, with the outcome anticipated in mid-July.

Members of the GMB union on the picket line stand in front of a freight lorry outside the Amazon fulfilment centre in Coventry (Jacob King/PA)
Members of the GMB union on the picket line stand in entrance of a freight lorry outdoors the Amazon fulfilment centre in Coventry (Jacob King/PA) (PA Archive)

GMB nationwide officer Andy Prendergast stated: “Workers have come together because of the poverty pay and unsafe conditions Amazon has thrust upon them.

“They want the same fair pay and safe conditions any of us would demand.

“Amazon has had every chance to do the right thing – now workers are taking things into their own hands to make work better.”

An Amazon spokesperson stated: “Our employees have the choice of whether or not to join a union. They always have. Across Amazon, we place enormous value on having daily conversations and engagement with our employees. It’s a strong part of our work culture. We value that direct relationship and so do our employees.

“We regularly review our pay to ensure we offer competitive wages and benefits. Our minimum starting pay has increased to £12.30 and £13 per hour depending on location – that’s a 20 per cent increase over two years and 50 per cent since 2018. We also work hard to provide great benefits, a positive work environment and excellent career opportunities.

“These are just some of the reasons people want to come and work at Amazon, whether it’s their first job, a seasonal role or an opportunity for them to advance their career.”