The GMB Back To Bashing Recruiters.
The GMB Back To Bashing Recruiters.
The GMB Union has issued a statement out lining protest action against Amazon. As part of their statement they take yet another swipe at our industry – they say “Many GMB members working for the company are employed by Randstad an employment agency in casual or temporary jobs with no job security and no guaranteed incomes. They continue, “Amazon uses Randstad employment agency to meet fluctuating demand for labour which is equivalent to selection at the dock gates in Victorian times and is casual labour of the worst kind.”
Quite when the GMB will enter the 21st Century was not disclosed. David Head, Editor, and yes Amazon should also pay their taxes.
Randstad told RI, “Randstad, like many UK recruitment agencies, helps organisations to plan their people mix to cope with fluctuations both in today’s difficult economic environment as well as supply and demand for that organisation’s services. For example - many of our clients have to respond quickly to customer demand, which means that the need for extra people to help deliver a service can shift at very short notice. When demand for clients’ products or services is high (for example during the Christmas period) temporary opportunities become available which allows local people who are not employed to move into temporary work which in many cases enables them to take a step into permanent work.”
GMB ASBO PROTEST ON 13TH FEB AT AMAZON DONCASTER, GLENROTHES, GOUROCK, HEMEL HEMSTEAD, MILTON KEYNES, PETERBOROUGH, RUGELEY, SWANSEA AND SLOUGH OVER NOT PAYING TAX AND POOR PAY FOR STAFF
The high tech way Amazon process orders and tracks inventory disguises that it is also a traditional labour intensive mail order retail business which exploits it's staff as well as dodging taxes says GMB
On Wednesday 13th February GMB will protest with anti- social behavioural orders (ASBO's) at nine workplaces in protest at Amazon’s failure to pay proper taxes and a living wage of £7.45 per hour to their employees and denial of their rights to union representation and collective bargaining.
Amazon has paid no corporation tax in the UK for the last three years although they had sales of more than £7billion in the UK. Amazon is able to avoid taxes, including some VAT, by driving sales through a European head office in Luxembourg.
GMB members will protest by presenting ASBO's at these locations with messages 'Pay your tax: public are fed up subsidising Amazon” and “Pay a living wage”. They will invite Amazon staff to join GMB.
It is not clear how many of the 15,000 staff the company claim to employ in the UK are employed directly by Amazon and in permanent full time jobs. Many GMB members working for the company are employed by Randstad an employment agency in casual or temporary jobs with no job security and no guaranteed incomes.
Amazon pay its staff as little as £6.20 per hour – just above the national minimum wage of £6.19 per hour. Staff complain to GMB about a culture of bullying and harassment endemic in the dataveillance that comes from staff being required to wear digital arm mounted terminals (AMTs) with no agreed protocols re breaks, speeds etc. Union activity has to be kept underground for fear of reprisals.
Paul Clarke GMB National Organiser said 'The high tech way Amazon process orders and tracks inventory disguises that it is also a traditional labour intensive mail order retail business.
It relies on a road network funded by taxpayers for the business to business delivery of products to warehouses and for the business to customer delivery to private homes. It relies on large numbers of staff to receive the goods, to pick and pack them to meet customer orders.
Where it differs from other retailers is its refusal to pay proper taxes or to treat its workers properly. Profitable companies like Amazon dodging fair taxes while failing to pay their staff a living wage and treat them properly deserve a corporate ASBO.
This gives Amazon an unfair competitive advantage and is part of the reason why so many established high street names are going to the wall.
GMB plan to strip away the high tech image and expose the exploitation involved in their business model.
Amazon uses Randstad employment agency to meet fluctuating demand for labour which is equivalent to selection at the dock gates in Victorian times and is casual labour of the worst kind.
Paying a minimum wage rather than a living wage obliges taxpayers top up wages for staff with families and is a subsidy to a company paying no corporation taxes.
Requiring employees to wear AMTs and subjecting them to dataveillance, while denying them union rights, takes away the consent essential for the positive use of digital arm-band devices. Members say it is human automation – they are kind of robots with no say.
HMRC should throw the book at Amazon and make them pay proper taxes. GMB estimates that tax dodging by companies such as Amazon, Starbucks, Google and others costs us all over £25 billion a year - two thirds of the deficit.
GMB want to bring Amazon to book so that they pay a living wage and to concede the rights of their employees to belong to GMB and have collective bargaining for pay and conditions.
GMB members at the company say that the name Amazon has become a dirty word among their friends and family and Amazon are now swimming against the tide of public sentiment.
While it is a jungle out there and whilst everyone wants goods as cheap as possible it is now beginning to dawn on people the consequences of buying from tax dodging companies who treat their staff so badly.”