The GMB mentioned it had elevated the variety of its members to 800 on the firm’s Coventry warehouse after a sequence of strikes have been held in a dispute over pay.
This meant union membership was greater than half the overall workforce, a determine wanted for statutory recognition, mentioned the union.
The GMB claimed that after it made an official software to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), Amazon mentioned it had 2,700 employees on the website.
Union members working on the Coventry website declare the warehouse has been “flooded” with as much as 1,000 new starters for the reason that strike motion started.
Amazon mentioned it usually recruits new workers and this 12 months had been no completely different.
Additional strikes will happen on June 12, 13 and 14.
Stuart Richards, GMB senior organiser mentioned: “Earlier this 12 months, in one of many busiest intervals for retail, Amazon informed individuals there have been round 1,400 employees in Coventry.
“After GMB submitted a request for recognition, Amazon went on an enormous recruitment drive.
“They now declare to have greater than 2,700 employees on the website.
It’s soiled methods, plain and easy
“GMB believes this was purely in response to GMB membership rising so near the brink for statutory union recognition.
“Amazon has refused to pay employees an honest wage, however are actually paying a further 1,300 employees to try to bust the union.
“We estimate that’s greater than £300,000 per week, simply to cease employees having a voice of their office.
“That is greater than it might value to pay the unique workforce the £15 an hour they have been asking for.
“It’s soiled methods, plain and easy.”
An Amazon spokesperson mentioned: “We respect our workers’ rights to hitch, or to not be a part of, a union.
“We provide aggressive pay, complete advantages, alternatives for profession progress, all whereas working in a secure, fashionable, work atmosphere.
“At Amazon, these advantages and alternatives include the job, as does the power to speak straight with the management of the corporate.
“We usually recruit new workforce members, throughout the nation and throughout the 12 months, offering nice new profession alternatives for hundreds of individuals and to fulfill buyer demand.
“This 12 months is not any completely different.”