Oct 21, 2021
Amazon sees fresh push to unionise in New York
More than 2,000 Amazon warehouse workers in New York City hope to hold a vote to unionise, in the latest labour push at the firm. It's the second organising effort at the online shopping giant this year, and comes amid a pick-up in union activity across the US.The workers, from four Amazon sites in Staten Island, want higher wages, safer working conditions and longer breaks. "Workers are demanding Amazon to stop their union-busting practices and allow workers to use their rights to organise towards collective bargaining without interference," the ALU said in a statement. Chris Smalls had been protesting against allegedly unsafe working conditions during the pandemic, but Amazon claimed he had repeatedly violated social distancing guidelines. Later, Mr Smalls, who is black, was described as "Not smart, or articulate" in a leaked internal memo discussing Amazon's approach to worker activism during Covid.
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