Amazon Bosses Hate Unions, So Why Not Join One?

Amazon, the ubiquitous online retailer, rakes in billions by maintaining a slavish commitment to shafting its workforce. Customers seem to trump employees at every turn.  Yet do Amazon even really care about their customers?

I say this because Amazon’s opposition to paying taxes, or paying their staff a real living-wage, concretely demonstrates that their customer-care only extends to making a profit from them.  Amazon bosses care not a jot about making their own contribution (via tax or fair pay) to the social world inhabited by their customers.

Amazon’s contempt for the democratic rights of their staff has once again made the international news this month after they were caught sharing anti-union training videos among the store managers of their recent acquisition, the US-based grocery chain Whole Foods Market.

As Fortune magazine reported: “In the weeks following reports that Whole Foods employees have been pushing to unionize, a 45-minute training video leaked to Gizmodo shows Amazon taking steps to suppress workplace organizing, the site reported” on September 26, 2018.

The magazine added: “Amazon has come under recent fire after multiple employees of the company said they had lost their homes, and added that workplace accidents left them unable to work or receive compensation.”

The training video provides advice for managers about how they might express anti-democratic views without breaking the law, noting how they might voice personal opinions to head-off any organizing efforts of their staff (or as Amazon prefer to call them associates). At one point the video therefore explains:

“Opinions can be mild, like, ‘I’d rather work with associates directly,’ or strong: ‘Unions are lying, cheating rats.’ The law protects both!”

But Whole Foods hardly needs advice on how to bully their staff, as prior to its purchase by Amazon it could boast of a long history of actively opposing their employees organizing for better working conditions.

For example, the CEO of Whole Foods famously referred to Obama’s healthcare program as fascist in nature (“Whole Foods CEO John Mackey calling Obamacare fascist is tip of the iceberg”); while in 2016 Whole Foods hired the services of a far right wing company to help them help their workers understand that joining a unions would be unhealthy for them! (“Whole Foods hired far-right wing activist as union buster”).

Amazon bosses, like those at Whole Foods, have evidently learned an important historical lesson: unionised workplaces have the advantage that workers can organise collectively to ensure they receive fair pay and are treated with respect at work. This of course is why Amazon bosses are so keen to ensure that their employees don’t get a taste for exercising any form of meaningful democracy at work which they can of course do by joining a union.

So why not join the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union (BFAWU) online today!

The Bakers Union is a campaigning trade union. Its job is to get the best deal for Bakers Union members at work and is committed to building a strong organisation in every Bakers Union workplace and so help make every workplace safer. Whoever you are, wherever you work: joining Bakers Union is the right decision.

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Bakers Union members recruiting outside Amazon in Manchester (September 2018)

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