Sunday, 20 May 2012

Amazon and worker's rights

One reason for resisting the onward march of Amazon is the company’s disregard for workers rights for those employees who work for the company. A friend of mine worked at the new distribution centre at Rugeley in Staffordshire and for a few weeks before Christmas was able to witness firsthand their 19th century attitudes to employment rights. This was mostly clearly demonstrated in its view of trade unions which according to management " had no place in Amazon’s business plan". Workers at the Midlands centre, were hired by a temping agency, had their productivity tracked by a scanner database minute by minute, routinely had their picking and packing quotas doubled, were constantly harassed and were paid the minimum legal rate.