Union launches hotline for Amazon workers to report concerns

A union has launched a hotline for workers at Amazon’s giant Fife warehouse to raise issues of concern in confidence.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 1:37 pm

Unite has started a Facebook advertising campaign to promote the free hotline, and will be at Dunfermline Abbey tomorrow (Thursday) to highlight its campaign.

A similar initiative is also taking place in Gourock to highlight the company’s west coast facility.

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Amazon's fulfilment centre in Dunfermline

Sharon Graham, executive officer said: “We will be at Dunfermline Abbey to spread the word that workers in the nearby Amazon fulfilment centre at Dunfermline can contact us confidentially by calling Unite's hotline.

“This corporate giant has made billions off the backs of workers. Amazon resists any attempts by workers to gain a collective voice of their own. It is now time that workers have a voice.”

Amazon’s vast fulfilment centre near Dunfermline is part of a huge network of warehouse space.

An Amazon spokesman said: “We already offer our employees excellent pay, excellent benefits and excellent opportunities for career growth, all while working in a safe, modern work environment.

"Our competitive wages start at £9.70 or £10.80 per hour depending on location, and we’d encourage anyone to compare this to the wages and benefits offered by other retailers.

"We’re proud to have created 10,000 new permanent roles across the UK in 2020, taking our total permanent workforce to more than 40,000.”

The company said it respected employees’ right to join, form or not to join a labour union or other lawful organisation.

The union’s hotline is 08000 141 461 or visit https://actiononamazon.org/hotline/.

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