Last week, the US
Federal Government announced that Amazon workers in Alabama did not achieve a
majority in the union election at its facility in Bessemer.
aggressive anti-union campaign and tactics to interfere in the vote will be
scrutinized by the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after the Retail,
Wholesale and Department Store Union announced it is filing objections and
related Unfair Labor Practice charges to hold Amazon accountable for its
obstruction of a free and fair election.
ITF stands shoulder to shoulder with Amazon workers in Bessemer
Transport Workers’ Federation stands
shoulder to shoulder with Amazon workers in Bessemer and the RWDSU, and in full
support of the statement issued by the Global Unions’ Committee on Workers’
Capital (CWC) today calling on Amazon to cease its anti-union campaign.
Paddy Crumlin, ITF
president and CWC co-chair, reiterated the risks for Amazon investors of
failures to respect workers’ fundamental labour rights at its facilities
highlighted by the CWC statement.
Amazon workers and the RWDSU have exposed Amazon’s union busting
and the RWDSU have exposed Amazon’s union busting, intimidation, coercion and
efforts to gaslight its workforce during the Bessemer union election. Amazon’s
‘victory’ has exposed the company’s abusive practices especially abuse of
workers’ fundamental right to freedom of association,” said Crumlin.
union-busting is out of step with growing regulatory requirements and investor
asks that require global companies to show how they are respecting human
rights, including labour rights, throughout their operations and supply
chains,” added Crumlin.
publicly stated its duty to respect and uphold internationally recognized human
rights and ethical treatment of its workforce, but its actions plainly conflict
with those pledges and the company’s commitment to abide by the UN Guiding
Principles on Business and Human Rights, core Conventions of the ILO, the ILO
Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the UN Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
We call on all investors to use their engagement with Amazon to press
the company to change its behaviour
“Pension funds and
global asset managers should be concerned that Amazon has not honoured its
existing commitments to these agreements,” said Stephen Cotton, ITF General
Secretary. “We have no doubt that responsible pension funds will be evaluating
whether Amazon complies with their own commitments to the UN Guiding Principles
on Business and Human Rights, ILO Conventions and internal labour principles.
As part of this approach to meaningful human rights due diligence, we call on
all investors to use their engagement with Amazon to press the company to
change its behaviour.”