GMB has accused Amazon of ’soiled methods’ after the union was compelled to withdraw its historic bid of recognition on the web large’s Coventry warehouse.
After months of strike motion, GMB’s membership on the warehouse had rocketed to 800.
Amazon publicly acknowledged final yr there have been 1,400 staff on the warehouse, that means GMB members made up greater than the 50 per cent wanted for statutory union recognition.
Nevertheless, as soon as GMB made an official software to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), Amazon claimed to have 2,700 staff – a declare accepted by the CAC.
GMB members working at Amazon Coventry declare the warehouse has been flooded with as much as 1,000 new starters because the strike motion started.
Additional strike motion at Amazon Coventry will happen on 12, 13 and 14 of June.
Stuart Richards, GMB Senior Organiser, stated, “Earlier this yr, in one of many busiest intervals for retail, Amazon instructed individuals there have been round 1,400 staff in Coventry.
“After GMB submitted a request for recognition, Amazon went on a large recruitment drive. They now declare to have greater than 2,700 staff on the web site.
“GMB believes this was purely in response to GMB membership rising so near the brink for statutory union recognition.
“Amazon has refused to pay staff a good wage, however are actually paying a further 1,300 staff to attempt to bust the union.
“We estimate that’s greater than £300,000 every week – simply to cease staff having a voice of their office.
“That is greater than it might price to pay the unique workforce the £15 an hour they had been asking for.
“It’s soiled methods, plain and easy.
“GMB has expressed critical issues to the CAC each in regards to the accuracy of the knowledge Amazon has given to the committee – and what we consider are immoral anti-union ways.
“Whereas we’ve got no different however to withdraw the applying for statutory recognition, however we’re not going away.
“GMB members at Amazon will not be giving up the struggle for a wage they will stay off and so they gained’t quit the struggle for union recognition.”