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(en) ozzip WORKERS' INITIATIVE: You will not absolve us all - the position of the Amazon Employee Initiative [machine translation]

Date Mon, 7 Jan 2019 09:24:38 +0200

We express indignation at the fact that Ms. Mai Stasko - Adecco employees - did not renew the temporary agreement after the publication of her critical article on working conditions at the Amazon logistics plant near Poznan, despite earlier assurances of continuing employment. We know dozens of other people who also had a similar story: because they took part in protests, got sick, disagreed with their manager, or refused to accept a service note alleging that they did not comply with the standards. ---- In the Amazon logistics plant before Christmas, 9,000 employees were employed. people, half of them on temporary contracts. This is a huge concentration of employees, which results in enormous power. It is not easy to discipline the crew, that's why there are no democracies and freedom of speech behind the gates of the workplace. We are under constant control of cameras, security, managers, computer systems, scanners that monitor our every move and discipline in accordance with the "business needs" of companies. The term logistics was initially associated with the army. In the logistics industry, the achievements and experience gained during military operations are used for disciplining. Automation, robotization, digitalization, computerization created a need and gave the possibility of applying logistic thought also in the economic field. Logic of war, in which the victims are primarily recruited, it remains unchanged. They must submit to the hierarchy and forget about their own needs. In our corporation, the military drift is to strengthen the "Amazon Military" program recruiting former military personnel for the position of managers. Amazon encourages them to manage the "small army" of employees.

Temporary work agencies and fixed-term contracts are part of the regime used to pacify the dissatisfied. Most temporary employees are employed in the logistics and warehousing and production industries. In 2017, about 29 percent. recruited in services, including logistics, and 69 per cent. in industry, mainly automotive and food - that is, where employees have a high bargaining power resulting from the workplace. Employers break this power, dividing us into different groups, often opposing each other. They destroy our sense of stability, causing some to shake for a new deal, and others are afraid of losing a better, more reliable job. These practices are to maximally limit the impact of employees on the organization of work. What's more, agency and time contracts are used to circumvent trade unions - they have it to themselves,

Temporary and agency employment is also a basic selection tool. The way to a permanent employment contract at Amazon is a finishing marathon: you can work on monthly agency contracts for up to six months, then Amazon employs a 3-month trial period (even though the agency worker is controlled by Amazon managers who know his job), then an annual contract is offered. This means a total of 21 months of work under stress and constant results. If an employee does not perform 100% of the standard, he or she will go on even a short illness or not submit to the discipline and supervisor, his chance for another contract is crossed out. Such a marathon destroys everyone physically and mentally.

The Employee Initiative under the slogan "Junk contracts - permanent exploitation" for years has been criticizing agency and temporary employment in the Amazon and other factories. The union organized pickets in front of Adecco headquarters, in 2015 hundreds of employees of the agency signed a petition calling for direct employment. In 2016, the union entered into a collective dispute with labor agencies recruiting for Amazon. Recently IP distributed leaflets addressed to agency workers, informing about their rights and postulates (download the leaflet in PDF).

In connection with the above, we demand from Amazon:

1. Cessation of employment by the employment agencies with which Amazon works throughout the year, not only in the winter season. Today, agency agreements are used to permanently verify employees. For this purpose, only a three-month trial contract from Amazon should be used.

2. Withdrawals of temporary contracts. We see no justification for temporary contracts in a company that has been opening new warehouses and employing new people for more than four years. Poland is the leader in Europe in the number of people working on temporary contracts. The expansion of such contracts was made under the guise of a financial crisis. Today, temporary contracts do not, however, serve to survive in a difficult market situation, to maintain jobs or to maintain liquidity, but are used to discipline employees and easier to get rid of people requesting improvement of working conditions. The recent statutory limitation of time contracts up to 33 months is insufficient.

3. Restoring people dismissed due to criticism of working conditions in the company, disagreement with subordination, participation in protests, as well as due to absences caused by diseases that have often been acquired at work, or failure to comply with high standards. We demand the reinstatement or compensation for Mai and all those who are currently judging in the Labor Courts in Poznan and Wroclaw, represented by our union: Lukasz - released after the protest in 2015, Elzbieta - released on charges of failing to meet the norms for several weeks before it was covered by pre-retirement protection, Maciej - dismissed despite union protection, Dariusz and Marcin - dismissed for failure to follow standards, Mikita - dismissed for absence due to illness, Aneta - released without consulting the trade union, and others.

In spite of the practices used in Amazon, we will support these people, organize and repeat: you will not let us all go away!

OZZ Employee Initiative at Amazon Fulfillment Poland Sp. zoo

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