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(en) Poland, Amazon Worker Initiative on Recent Rise [machine translation]

Date Fri, 8 Sep 2017 09:48:22 +0300

At the end of August, all-hands meetings were held on the results of the payroll review. We were informed that the base rate of a serial Amazon employee would increase by $ 1 from September - it would be $ 16. There was also an increase in traineeships: employees with a one-year internship will receive 17 PLN and two years 18 zl. These increases, while worsening employment stability and rising standards, are not satisfactory to the crew. ---- Amazon introduced one-year employment contracts this year instead of stable contracts for an indefinite period of time. It is based on his "long-term policy of being an attractive employer" - so at least the company's representatives on the company billboard say so. This means that most of the employees, especially the employees and employees of the Adecco and Randstad employment agencies, have little chance of getting traineeship or some non-payroll allowances. The training is paid for by Amazon only after one year of placement, while the agency can work half a year, then 3 months for a probationary period and only then you will receive an annual contract. Already, there are very few of the lowest level employees with a two- or three-year degree.

Recent standards have also increased (minimum targets). In the perspective of the year, the growth in some processes was up to 40% (LP-receive, pack multi, returns) and 20-30% (pack singles, receive, gifts). The increases do not offset the increase in workload.

In May 2017, the Employee Initiative union conducted a staff survey on min. Expected height increase. The letter with the postulate of a 30% increase and other allowances was submitted to the employer. Amazon has not responded satisfactorily to these expectations and has ignored trade union organizations in the official process of setting hikes, showing that it does not count on the crew representation but only market research. With the guts of this research employees are not able to get acquainted - we understand, however, that according to this logic our rates are only to be slightly higher than in the statistical competition. We know, however, magazines in the vicinity of Poznan or Wroclaw, where at the entrance the pay is 18-20 zl per hour.

As representatives of the crew, we do not agree that this procedure, completely detached from the profits we make, determines the amount of our earnings. We will strive for further wage growth. As working primarily in magazines in Wroclaw, but with the same employer, the trade union "Solidarnosc" On September 1, 2017, he announced that if Amazon did not raise the salary by 30%, the union would enter into a collective dispute. The Worker Initiative, in agreement with this request, promised that it would support any initiative aimed at improving working conditions.

Our trade union commission, which has been in dispute with the Amazon since June 2015, has gone through wage negotiation and mediation, yet realizes that the closed doors with the Amazon corporation are not enough to force the giant to make concessions. The rise in wages is compounded by pressure from the union and the workers and the labor market - if it is bigger, we will be able to improve the situation for all of us.

That is why, together with Amazone employees and employees from other European countries, we announce on November 24, 2017 the "International Day of Action" under the slogan "Make Amazon Pay", or "Amazon has to pay." On this day, which is Black Friday - mass sale day - was announced min. block the distribution center of Amazona in Berlin (more: https: //blackfriday.blackblogs.. We will inform you soon about our plans.

OZZ Amazon Worker Initiative

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