.@AmazonUK: Deliver the Living Wage in 2014
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.@AmazonUK: Deliver the Living Wage in 2014

    1. Petition by

      Emily Kenway

      London, United Kingdom

Let’s make 2014 the year that Amazon finally pays up.

Despite billions in sales and a commitment to be "Earth's most customer-centric company", Amazon has yet to respond to tens of thousands of customers calling on them to do the right thing: pay their workers a fair wage they can live on. 

Over 50,000 of us who have signed and shared this petition - that's enough to fill more than half of Wembley! So together we can keep the pressure on by getting thousands more on board, and demanding that Amazon’s boss meets us face to face. We're taking this petition to Amazon's London offices on 28th February at 1pm. Please join us to make our voices heard!

 

Why do we want Amazon to pay the Living Wage?

Amazon has more than enough money to pay its workers (both permanent employees and contracted agency workers) the Living Wage. This is the wage needed to support a basic standard of living. With UK sales in 2012 of £4.2billion, you'd think Amazon could afford to pay its workers enough to be able to feed and clothe themselves and their families.

And unacceptably low pay isn't all Amazon does to demean its workers: 

A sack-if-you're-sick policy that sees you turfed out if you take 3 sick breaks in a 3 month period

Giving workers 15 minute breaks that start wherever they are in the giant warehouses

10 hour days

Compulsory overtime

Monitoring and timing toilet breaks

Half-a-point if you're 1 minute late or more (3 points and you're out)

Paying the minimum wage or just above it, when it could well afford to pay the Living Wage

A 'performance console' that tracks and logs workers' activities so they can be released if their 'pick rate' is too slow

I don't know about you, but I find it pretty disgusting. It's time for Amazon to listen up and listen hard. It can't ignore us forever. Paying the Living Wage will be a big step in the right direction.


Do what's best for your workers (permanent and agency), Amazon: become an accredited Living Wage employer across your UK operations. God knows, you could do with a good news story.

 

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    • BRIAN WOODS MERSEYSIDE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 14 hours ago

      THIS COMPANY ALONG WITH OTHERS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION .SHOULD NOT ONLY PAY A LIVING WAGE, BUT ALSO TAXES.ON PROFITS MADE IN THIS COUNTRY. ????

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    • Seed Banksy HERNE BAY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 22 hours ago

      Amazon UK sales in 2012 were 4.2billion pounds of which they contributed a rate of less than 0.1% in tax. They exploit and demean their workers. Can we turn a blind eye to this for the sake of cheap products?! Personally, I say NO!!! I will sign the petition and boycott them...

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    • Yasmin Mselli FIFE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      People need to live well

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    • christine mackinnon CARBOST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      Amazon need to be more ethical, especially where their staff are concerned.

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    • Richard Carling CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      They don't pay taxes either.

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