Amazon to face U.S. union challenge in 2021

Amazon faces the challenge of an old enemy - the US unions.
Spurred on by the recent protests, they are campaigning to get Amazon employees to register.
An early test will be held at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.
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The workers there will vote early next year whether they want to organize themselves.
It is the first such survey that Amazon has faced since 2014.
And a "yes" would be the first at one of its facilities in the US.
Amazon has told workers that it already offers all of the wages and benefits that the unions promise.
They are trained managers who spot signs of the organization of activities.
The online giant's experience in France shows what it wants to avoid.
Strong unions this year led to a month-long camp closure in protest against working conditions.
Amazon employees have also carried out strikes at subsidiary Whole Foods.
Some claim the company failed to keep workers safe during this year's health crisis.
Now a group called Whole Worker is trying to unite the food chain workers into union organizations.
Seattle unions are also meeting with technicians from Amazon.
One of them is assisting whistleblowers who have been laid off by the company to contest their dismissal.
The labor organizations hope that a new administration will help, not least by supporting the law protecting the right to organize.
The bill passed by the US House in February would punish companies that hinder the organization.
But it faces a fight to get through the Senate.
Video transcript
- Amazon faces the challenge of an old enemy, the US unions. Spurred on by the recent protests, they are campaigning to get Amazon employees to register. An early test will be held at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. The workers there will vote early next year whether they want to organize themselves. It is the first such survey that Amazon has faced since 2014. And a yes vote would be the first in one of its US institutions.
Amazon has told workers that it already offers all of the wages and benefits that the unions promise. They are trained managers who recognize signs of organizational activity. The online giant's experience in France shows what it wants to avoid. Strong unions this year led to a month-long camp closure in protest against working conditions. Amazon employees have also carried out strikes at subsidiary Whole Foods. Some claim the company failed to keep workers safe during this year's health crisis.
Now a group called Whole Worker is trying to unite the food chain workers into union organizations. Seattle unions are also meeting with technicians from Amazon. One of them is assisting whistleblowers who have been laid off by the company to contest their dismissal. Labor organizations hope that a new administration will help. Not least by supporting the protection of the law on the right to organization. The bill passed by the US House in February would punish companies that hinder the organization. But it faces a fight to get through the Senate.

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