Swansea Amazon: Wales TUC in call for Unionisation to Improve Conditions
25th May 2014A press release from Swansea Trades Council
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The Wales TUC last week unanimously passed a motion, moved by Swansea Trades Council, calling for a campaign to unionise Amazon to end the sort of work conditions highlighted on the Panorama programme, “The Truth Behind The Click”.
Conference heard of the constant physical and mental pressure put on workers in Swansea’s Amazon warehouse, the draconian points system operated for ‘offences’ like being sick and the laying off of workers without explanation.
Swansea Trades Council believes, and Wales TUC agreed, that the only way to put an end to exploitative practises at Amazon is to unionise the workforce to fight for better conditions. Conference instructed the General Council of the Wales TUC to provide all possible support to any union taking on this challenge. Swansea Trades Council promises that we will do all we can to assist as well.
The motion was also critical of the Welsh Government for subsidising – the Welsh Government, according to Panorama, provided over £13 million for the Swansea warehouse and Ffordd Amazon access road – exploitative working conditions and casualisation.
What makes this particularly galling is the fact that, in Amazon’s case, they pay so little tax here. Conference demanded of the Welsh Government that all future subsidies to employers be dependent on union recognition and access for union organisers to the workforce.
Secretary, Swansea Trades Council
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