Unite took its ‘Action on Amazon’ campaign to Milton Keynes today (6 May 2021) as some of its members unfurled banners calling on Amazon to sign up to a declaration which the union said would guarantee workers the freedom to talk with and form a union without fear.
The banners were shown at the Xscape Centre, the Theatre District and at MK Dons. A union spokesperson said that the banners had generated interest in the campaign.
Ahead of the protest, Unite executive officer, Sharon Graham, said:
“Our union is calling on the company to make a clear commitment and sign up to a declaration of neutrality. The declaration would guarantee workers the freedom to talk with and form a union without fear. If the company is genuine then it should be more than happy to sign the declaration.”
Unite said that against a backdrop of reports about poor working conditions and anti-union tactics, Amazon workers have been essential during the COVID crisis.
An Amazon spokesperson said:
“We already offer our employees excellent pay, excellent benefits and excellent opportunities for career growth, all while working in a safe, modern work environment.”
Unite has launched a confidential whistle-blowing hotline for the UK & Ireland. Amazon workers can ‘blow the whistle’ and expose poor treatment free from reprisals by calling 08000 14 14 61 in the UK or 1800 851 268 for the Republic of Ireland. Or they can visit Action Amazon Hotline.