Amazon staff in Swansea work in inhuman conditions claim union bosses

Amazon staff in Swansea work in \inhuman conditions\ claim union bosses

Black Friday: Amazon workers stage PROTEST amid shopping frenzy | Daily Star

The protest has been organised by the GMB union as part of a nationwide action outside the online retailing giants five UK sites.

The Peterborough protest, which began at about 5.30am today (Friday), will be joined by Peterborough Euro MP Alex Mayer.

The action comes as Amazon staff prepare for one of their busiest times of the year with heavily discounted Black Friday sales expected to trigger record-breaking numbers of orders from customers.

But their concerns have been rejected by managers at Amazon who say the company offers good wages, training and industry-leading benefits.

“Youd think making the workplace safer so people arent carted out of the warehouse in an ambulance is in everyones interest, but Amazon seemingly have no will to get round the table with us.

“Working people and the communities Amazon operates in deserve better than this. Thats what were campaigning for.”

Ms Mayer said Were standing up and saying enough is enough. Please, Amazon treat your workers with dignity.

“Global fat cat businesses often try and export bad working practices from one country to another, and the only way to defeat that is with international solidarity.

When you order a book, headphones or new laptop online, of course you cant wait for it to arrive but there need to be enough well trained, well paid staff working in safe warehouses to fulfil the orders. Staff cant be treated as robots.

Amazon said in a statement: “Amazon has created in the UK more than 25,000 good jobs with a minimum of £9.50 an hour and in the London area, £10.50 an hour on top of industry-leading benefits and skills training opportunities.

AMAZON has been hit by Black Friday protests with hundreds of workers staging action over inhumane conditions across Europe and the UK.

Demonstrations are being held at warehouses in Rugeley, Swansea, Peterborough, Milton Keynes and Warrington today.

Amazon Germany said around 620 workers were participating in the strikes at its Bad Hersfeld and Rheinberg facilities.

And in Spain, the retail giant attempted to get cops to break a strike in San Fernando de Henares, Mail Online reported.

The company was forced to divert stock to its to other 22 warehouses in the country according to Douglas Harper, a representative of the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union.

An investigation by GMB – the union for Amazon workers – claimed workers don’t have time to go to the toilet and work in “dangerous” conditions.

“Youd think making the workplace safer so people arent carted out of the warehouse in an ambulance is in everyones interest, but Amazon seemingly have no will to get round the table with us.

“Working people and the communities Amazon operates in deserve better than this. Thats what were campaigning for.”

Amazon said in a statement: “Amazon has created in the UK more than 25,000 good jobs with a minimum of £9.50 an hour and in the London area, £10.50 an hour on top of industry-leading benefits and skills training opportunities.

“According to the UK Governments Health and Safety Executive, Amazon has over 40% fewer injuries on average than other transportation and warehousing companies in the UK.

“We encourage everyone to compare our pay, benefits and working conditions to others and come see for yourself on one of the public tours we offer every day at our centres across the UK.”

In a later statement it added: “We were fully operational today as our associates focused on delivering for our customers.

“Any reports to the contrary are simply wrong. We respect the rights of groups and individuals to have their voice, but for us it was business as usual inside our Fulfillment Centres.”

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