2000 Employees Of Amazon.com Station Formally Went On Strike
At 10:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday (March 21, Beijing time), employees of the Amazon Logistics Center in San Fernando de Henares began a 48-hour strike. This is the first time that the US e-commerce giant has been operating since its start in Spain. In this huge high-tech warehouse, nearly...
At 10:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday (March 21, Beijing time), employees of the Amazon Logistics Center in San Fernando de Henares began a 48-hour strike. This is the first time that the US e-commerce giant has been operating since its start in Spain. In this huge high-tech warehouse, nearly 2,000 workers are calling for new collective agreements, after their agreements expired more than a year ago. Amazon suggested that despite some changes in the agreement, employees should comply with the provincial government's departmental agreement; but workers believe that the agreement will damage their rights and pay, and therefore refuse to sign. According to the Spanish UGT and CCOO, the main trade union organization in Spain, the strike has so far been “completely successful.” 98% of Amazon employees are watching the strike. The company declined to comment on the strike, but issued a press release stating that its employees' compensation conditions are competitive and will raise their pay by 1.6% to 5.6% on April 1. San Fernando Warehouse is Amazon's first warehouse in Spain. It has about 2,000 employees and 1,100 of them are fixed contracts. Seventy-five percent of workers agree to the strike. Strikes are expected to continue until 10 p.m. local time on Thursday, unless the union negotiates progress with Amazon. According to UGT representative Rosa García, since the expiration of the last collective agreement, the compensation and benefits of the Amazon warehouse workers have not improved. In the new agreement proposed by Amazon, one of the conditions that employees are worried about is the “stagnation of wage growth of middle and low-level employees” and the loss of seniority. If employees take sick leave, they will also not be paid. García explained: “At present, when we are on sick leave for the first time, Amazon will pay us 100% of the salary, but this proportion will become 75% afterwards; you must take into account that due to the work content, employees have work injuries and sick leave. Occasionally.” Employees also lose their wages because they work on night shifts, work on weekends or on national holidays, and their losses are between about 20% and 75% of their current daily income. García said that some of her colleagues were under pressure from the company and asked them not to pay attention to the strike. The CCOO union accused the Amazon of “forced” employees through the human resources department to question whether temporary employees planned to stop the strike and reminded them that their contracts would soon expire. García also explained that in order to compensate for the loss of the strike, the weekend shift has been extended. Amazon stated in its statement that its employees' treatment is “close to the top of the salary level in the logistics industry”, with “attractive compensation and extensive benefits” including medical, life and accident insurance, corporate pension plans and training courses. Amazon also explained that the new employee's starting salary is 19,790 Euros per year, while those who have worked at the Amazon Spanish Station for four years have an annual salary of 21041 Euros. Fred Pattje, general manager of Amazon's Spanish and Italian operations, stated that Amazon will continue to participate in daily direct conversations with employees.
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