In an Amazon logistics center in the US state of Alabama, employees want to organize themselves into a union – voting began there on Monday by postal vote. It’s about the factory of the online retailer in Bessemer with around 5800 employees, the vote should take until the end of March. If the vote is positive, it would be the first Amazon location ever to be represented by a union.
The vote goes back to an initiative of the retail trade union RWDSU, they would then represent the employees on site. The vote is supervised by the Federal Agency for Industrial Relations. Usually 30 percent is enough – but it was unclear how many employees support the project.
Amazon itself recently took decisive action against the plans and stated that the majority of employees in Bessemer did not want any union organization. The company also offers above-average wages and grants.
Amazon is the second largest employer in the United States, employing over 800,000 people there. However, the company is repeatedly criticized for its working conditions. In Germany, too, there are repeated strikes and demands for a collective agreement.