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(en) Poland, WORKERS' INITIATIVE: Mediation is underway, Amazon gives rise

Date Mon, 24 Jun 2019 07:58:38 +0300

A collective dispute has been going on in Amazon since May. On June 18 in Poznan the first meeting with the mediator took place. On the same day, before there were talks, Amazon announced that he was raising wages from the beginning of July. ---- In a dispute, unions demand wage increases, changes in the way employees are appraised, and the number of temporary and fixed-term contracts limited. The employer has not yet adopted any solutions proposed by the trade union. On the day of mediation, the employer provided the employees with a message regarding the increase in remuneration. Amazon equaled earnings in all warehouses in Poland, which the relationship demanded for a long time. The necessity of pay raises and compensation was raised both during the dispute and in many previous meetings with the employer. Therefore, we welcome the information about the company's decision.

However, we strongly question the introduction of increases without agreeing them with the trade union. Amazon representatives did not want to negotiate any amount during earlier talks. Organizations do not agree to skipping the union side in terms of wage negotiations. In addition, the amounts proposed by the employer significantly differ from the expectations of employees and the postulate and market realities we have submitted.

It should be noted that the average wage increase is to amount to 60 eurocents per hour. This highlights the huge pay gap between Amazon employees in Western Europe despite the same obligations and the same, if not more, workload.

In addition, we maintain that in addition to the wage issue, the change in the employee rating applicable at Amazon is a pressing issue. According to the unions, its purpose is only to discipline and punish an employee. We also demand restrictions on agency contracts, instead we postulate employing employees on contracts for an indefinite period.

We believe that work standards in the Polish branches of Amazon differ from those that exist in other countries. In our opinion, the dialogue is practically non-existent, and the talks so far have had a fake character. If the employer continues to apply such a negotiation strategy and does not continue mediation with the will to agree, the dispute will become more acute, which, given the determination of employees, may end with a strike.

NSZZ '' Solidarnosc '' and OZZ "Inicjatywa Pracownicza" at Amazon Fulfillment Poland Sp.zoo

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