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
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.