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(en) Inicjatywa Pracownicza - Workers' Initiative: Rebellion at the Ship Department in Amazon - the regulations were just an ignition spark

Date Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:22:54 +0300

Rebellion at the Ship Department in Amazon - the regulations were just an ignition spark
At the beginning of July, most Ship employees (loading) from POZ1, truck operators and yardmarshalli, filed ID badges and wanted to refuse to work. We talk to a colleague from the Ship department about the reasons for this rebellion. The interview comes from the Amazon's No. 5 crew voice, which can be downloaded HERE . ---- Where did it start? ---- They brought us the ship regulations for punching the test and they wanted everyone to sign it. Apparently it has been in force for a year, but nowhere was it available. Most did not know about its existence. It started to boil, because for many months we have less and less people to work, and more and more responsibilities. It used to be about 7-8 yardmarshalli on the change, and now it is 4 or 5, for 14-15 trucks per hour. They throw the rest on other departments. We are not enough, each of us works for 2-3 people. They want as little as possible to do as much work as possible, and this can not be done without breaking the rules. People are tired after two days, and work on yards is a big responsibility - it happened several times that the container fell over, there were also other accidents.

What's going on in this regulation?

There are listed offenses and cases of violating health and safety rules, for which an employee can receive the examination or entitlements, and then give penalties, with the discipline included. In the first instance, the behapers make a hole in the ID with a hole, which means that you have already fallen in once. The second time, they can take the right or hand a reprimand. People were scared that they were getting ready to be released. In fact, the whole thing is that the mountain will know that without breaking the rules, we would not work so fast, so it allows breaking the rules, only wants to cast responsibility on the employees and punish us for it. Amazon only wants to protect, because if something happens, they will have someone to blame. It is known that the easiest way is to knock on an employee - they would say then: after all, you signed the regulations, we have it on paper.

What was the reaction of people?

First, a few people signed, then the rest said he would not sign. People perceived it as intimidation, and began to say loudly that it could not be so. In fact, the bosses added fuel to the fire, all it needed was a spark to get something moving. On Tuesday morning we gathered a larger group and we started talking about it. Someone said that we give up the research, then they will not have anyone to work with permissions. It felt like you had to stamp your foot. At the beginning we wanted to do it the day later in the morning, but we did not want to expose anyone to financial penalties, so it started after 4pm, when all the cars had left. Over 55 people from all the changes together, i.e. almost the whole ship, gave up the tests. Five people went to take them to the manager and say what's going on. We do not have anything to do with this manager or leaders, we know, that they are only intermediaries between the mountain and us, and we want them to support us. This mountain is supposed to hear us and we have to talk with the mountain.

Did you come to such a meeting?

A day later in the morning, we were waiting for us on the stand-up. He was an ops manager and senior manager, deputy general. We all went to the canteen, the conversation lasted an hour. They started with the fact that we have to trust ourselves that Amazon cares about security - we know these songs. We said that for many months no one listens to us, they let us in with one ear, and let them let go with the other that it can not be that they will talk and nothing will change. We wanted to concretize the minutes of the meeting, the presence of trade unionists and behaveers. They began to retreat, they said that the rules are actually to be thrown out, that you have to think about it, that it was badly approved, that in fact the penalties are too harsh. But they did not want to give anything on paper, claiming that we needed paperology. They promised that there would be more to work for us, that they would not scatter us through the departments. They emphasized that ship is a priority department that it is a responsible job. If so, why are there no increases or additions?

Amazon has started limiting personal protective equipment, including gloves, we have a break time, this year there is no bonus on Primeday, and we are supposed to be breaking records again. We do not get anything in return. They said that wage issues do not depend on them. They promised to organize a meeting with the director, there would be 2-3 people on each shift. We stopped for it. We did not want to let anyone leave the job for the moment. People, however, want to write down the findings from this meeting. Amazon gives us everything to sign, so it can not work one way. The meeting will take place next week.

What do you expect from him?

We want particulars. It was obvious that they were already scared that so many people were organized. We hope that there will be more of us to join the docks. Already after this meeting we were 7 people on yards, not 3. Unfortunately, we had to stamp our feet with our feet, because they would not listen to us. Only destinations and numbers count. For this reason, already a lot of old employees who knew each other on the job have already been dismissed this year. They found a better paid job. Problems also increase, so the regulations were just a spark.

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