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(en) Poland, Employee Initiative: Amazon enters Poland! We are talking about the current situation of employees and female employees [machine translation]

Date Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:59:42 +0300

Press conference at the US Embassy (Warsaw, March 28, 2021) ---- On the night of March 1-2, the Polish version of the Amazon store was launched. Alex Ootes, Amazon's vice president for development in the European Union announces the focus on low prices, a wide selection of goods and their fast delivery. This news electrified the market and the stock exchange. In the analyzes, experts focus on Amazon's rivalry with the Polish online sales portal - Allegro. And how did their employees and employees react to the news about the official opening of the Amazon store in Poland? What is it like to work in Amazon's warehouses in Poland during a pandemic?
On the occasion of the launch of the Polish version of the Amazon store, OZZ Inicjatywa Pracownicza organized a press conference devoted to working conditions in the company's Polish warehouses and the activities of trade unions associating employees and employees of the company. The video report from the conference can be viewed below.

The American Internet giant is famous for poor working conditions, forcing its employees to work above normal, often at risk of life and health during a pandemic. Company owner Jeff Bezos has increased his net worth by $ 76.3 trillion since last March as a result of increased online sales. At the same time, the company is pursuing an aggressive anti-union policy. In the elections to found the first Amazon union in the United States (Bessemer, Alabama), managers and lawyers try to prevent this historic unionization attempt. The company's policy and high labor standards during the pandemic led to the first national strike of Amazon workers and workers in Italy on March 22, with 75% of drivers and 70% of warehouse workers refusing to work.

Amazon has been present in Poland since 2014. It employs 18,000 people. Amazon's distribution centers operate in Sady (near Poznan), Sosnowiec, Kolbaskowo (near Szczecin), Bielany Wroclawskie (two sites), Pawlikowice (near Lódz), Lódz, Okmiany (near Boleslawiec) and Gliwice.

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