GMB launches '#AmazonWorkersAreNotRobots' campaign game
The Trade Union is seeking to put pressure on the multinational giant to recognise the Union and improve health and safety regulations, after figures revealed over 600 ambulances have been called out to the firm's UK warehouses in the last three years.
The Union has accused Amazon of putting "their workers' safety at risk", and is calling on Amazon customers to write customer reviews calling on the firm, which made over $3 billion profit last year to recognise the union and improve working conditions for the union's members.
"GMB Union investigations have revealed ambulances have been called out to Amazon warehouses more than 600 times over the last three years. Incidents include electric shocks, bleeding, chest pains, major trauma and pregnancy/maternity."
"GMB Union, the union for Amazon workers, want to work with Amazon to help improve working conditions for employees. But so far, Amazon are refusing to recognise and talk to GMB Union. also they have refused calls for an independent health and safety review."
Amazon has come under increasing pressure to clean up its act in recent weeks, after being ordered to reveal how much it pays in business rates by MPs, and ongoing strikes at the company's German warehouses over pay and conditions.
Update: An Amazon spokesperson has defended their business practices, telling The Red Robin "Amazon has created in the UK more than 25,000 good jobs with a minimum of £9.50/hour and in the London area, £10.50/hour on top of industry-leading benefits and skills training opportunities."
"Our sites are among the safest places to work in our sector, and any reports to the contrary are wrong. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive, Amazon has over 40% fewer injuries on average than other transportation and warehousing companies in the UK. We encourage everyone to compare our pay, benefits, and working conditions with others and come see for yourself on one of the public tours we offer every day at our centers across the UK uk.amazonfctours.com."
"Requests for ambulance services at our fulfillment centers are predominantly associated with personal health events and are not work related. Nevertheless, ambulance visits at our UK FCs last year was 0.00001 per worked hour, which is very low."