Whistle-blowing hotline and new campaign launched for Amazon workers in Milton Keynes
Unite, the largest trade union in the UK, have launched a confidential hotline for Amazon workers.
The union wants to expose poor worker treatment in a way that won't force employees to risk their jobs.
The number workers should call is 08000 141 461, this website also provides more contact information and an email workers can use.
Amazon employ several workers in Milton Keynes, the city also has Marston Gate Fulfilment Centre a major building for the world-dominating business.
Unite has also begun a campaign demanding a ‘new deal’ for Amazon workers, including a union and a greater share of the firm's enormous profits called, Action on Amazon.
Unite executive officer Sharon Graham said: “Unite has opened a confidential hotline for Amazon workers in Milton Keynes to blow the whistle on poor treatment and working practices.
"Amazon attacks all attempts by workers to gain a collective voice of their own. This is why Unite is launching ‘Action on Amazon’ to give Amazon workers a voice, so they don’t have to rely on whistle-blowing or calling confidential hotlines.
“Jeff Bezos has become the world’s richest man off the backs of workers who have played a crucial part in so many people’s lives during the pandemic. It is prime time Amazon gave workers in Milton Keynes the right to be in a Union and to do so without interference, bullying and intimidation.”
To raise awareness of the campaign, images will be projected onto London landmarks and a giant banner will be unfurled at Peterborough Cathedral Square.
Against a backdrop of reports of poor working conditions, Amazon workers have been essential during the Covid crisis. The company increased its permanent workforce by one third (10,000) in 2020 as well as taking on 20,000 additional seasonal staff. The company almost doubled its profit in 2020 compared to 2019 and Jeff Bezos is now ranked the world’s richest man.
Amazon stops any attempts by workers to gain a collective voice of their own. It refuses to sign up to either the United Nations Global Compact or the Ethical Trading Initiative – bodies that recognise the right of all workers to a collective voice and are signed up to by most of the biggest names on the high street.
The union is now calling on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to sign up to a ‘new deal’, including commitments that recognise workers’ right to unionise.