Banner displayed in Hemel as campaigners call on Amazon to sign up to declaration of neutrality
Amazon says it offers employees excellent pay, benefits and opportunities for career growth
Campaigners displayed a giant banner in Hemel Hempstead today (Wednesday, May 12) calling on Amazon to sign up to a declaration to guarantee workers the freedom to talk with and form a union without fear.
But Amazon says it offers 'excellent pay, excellent benefits and excellent opportunities for career growth, all while working in a safe, modern work environment' - and that its workers are already free to join a labour union without fear of reprisal, intimidation or harassment.
The banner was on display in Old Town and Gadebridge Park.
A spokesperson for Unite said: "People were asking what they were doing, when they were told they went from surprised to outraged."
An Amazon spokesperson said: “We respect our employees’ right to join, form, or not to join a labour union or other lawful organisation of their own selection, without fear of reprisal, intimidation, or harassment.
"Across Amazon, including in our fulfilment centres, we place enormous value on having daily conversations with each associate and work to make sure direct engagement with our employees is a strong part of our work culture.
"The fact is, we already offer excellent pay, excellent benefits and excellent opportunities for career growth, all while working in a safe, modern work environment. The unions know this.”