Amazon living wage petition launched

Submitted by AWL on 21 December, 2013 - 2:58

Campaigners have launched a petition calling on online retail giant Amazon to pay its staff the Living Wage.

Numerous media exposés have found Amazon's warehouse staff are subject to hyper exploitation at work, which intensifies over the Christmas period. As we recently reported in Solidarity, one worker compared the conditions to "a slave camp".

Staff are constantly monitored and face disciplinary sanction if their productivity levels drop, and their 15-minute breaks begin wherever they are in the giant warehouse, meaning that their break could be over by the time they've made it to the toilet.

Staff are paid the minimum wage, or slightly above, and often work 10-hour days. It is not clear whether the originators of the petition are themselves Amazon workers, or have any links with staff in the warehouses. The GMB union has previously said it has members organising in Amazon, but that the company is so anti-union they are forced to operate "underground".

Click here to sign the petition.

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