In a remarkable turn of events, over 1,100 Amazon workers are planning to strike next week, despite the company’s detailed benefits package and the Workers Union’s former proposal of a no-strike policy. Workers will be staging walkouts at various Amazon depots in the UK, putting a strain on the company’s operations and creating an air of unrest within the tech giant’s workforce.
Approximately 1,000 members at Amazon’s Coventry depot will conduct walkouts on August 4 and 5, and more than 100 additional workers will be striking at the Rugeley depot in Staffordshire on August 3 and 4. With these planned strikes, Amazon’s strike-day tally will increase to 26 this year, painting a picture of an increasingly disgruntled workforce.
This comes in stark contrast to a recent article by the Workers Union that proposed a groundbreaking no-strike policy. The union stated that by adopting its values, Amazon could avoid worker strikes altogether. However, this recent wave of planned walkouts suggests that Amazon workers are not willing to forgo pay during strikes to embrace these values.
In response to the impending strikes, Amazon stated, “We regularly review our pay to ensure we offer competitive wages and benefits.” The company emphasized the positive work environment and growth opportunities they provide for staff. Amazon further enumerated the extensive list of benefits provided to their operations employees, which includes a comprehensive package covering medical, dental, income protection, life assurance, and critical illness insurance, among others.
The company also provides a retirement savings plan, matching employee contributions up to 5% of basic pay. Additionally, there are a range of programs and benefits aimed at fostering work-life balance, including the Employee Assistance Program and the Work+Family Program. Various amenities such as free coffee, water, and fresh fruit are provided at all sites.
Furthermore, Amazon offers shopping discounts for employees, with access to an app offering deals on a variety of goods and services. Employees also benefit from a 10% discount on Amazon.co.uk, up to a maximum spend of £1000.
The Workers Union, which traditionally follows a no-strike policy, underlines three core principles – communication, negotiation, and resolution. Despite the suggested adoption of these principles and the considerable package of benefits and pay, Amazon workers are still choosing to strike, potentially signalling a deeper issue within the company’s employee relations.
The Workers Union Says…
“As Amazon faces this upcoming wave of strikes, it remains to be seen how the company will respond and if the Workers Union’s proposal for a no-strike policy can find renewed relevance in this tense atmosphere. Future actions will undoubtedly shape the narrative around worker rights and the big tech’s responsibility towards its workforce.”