Apr 1, 2022

Amazon beaten by workers in fight for unionisation in New York

Workers at a warehouse in New York voted 55% in favour of joining the Amazon Labor Union. The group is led by former Amazon worker Chris Smalls, who made his name protesting against safety conditions at the retail giant during the pandemic. Mr Smalls had worked for Amazon for more than four years before the company fired him in 2020, after his coronavirus protest, citing quarantine violations. Officials have said the company offers competitive pay and benefits and believes it is better to work directly with workers. Amazon Labor Union organisers said the company made critical mistakes ahead of the vote, such as pushing to reverse policies relaxed under Covid, including allowing workers to keep their mobiles with them while working.

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