Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been the center of attention in the recent past over conditions faced by employees in its 40 facilities across the country. Bloomberg’s Brad Stone notes that Amazon has over the years fought tenaciously to prevent its employees from talking to trade unions or giving an insight on their working environment and condition.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has over the years suppressed efforts by employees to join trade unions by essentially replacing workers who suggest such moves according to Mr. Stones. The move has worked to the company’s advantage according to professor of law, Zev Eigen, as there has always been willing labor in the market willing to work at the set working conditions.
“Amazon has worked very-very hard over a very long time to prevent unionization even very small ones and unions have tried to gain toeholds even with little tiny groups like a 30 person group that was unsuccessful. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) takes those toeholds efforts very seriously cause they see them as being chips that could be laid out for future efforts, “said Mr. Eigen.
The company amidst increased uproar and criticism from groups has agreed to change some of the rules to allow employees to communicate about their pay and working conditions. The giant retail company has already agreed to rescind a verbal warning to an employee who had publicly raised concerns about security in the parking lot following thefts in vehicles.
“You can say well that’s not really a victory even though they settled it and Amazon kind of backed down a little bit, but you can say that is a nice toehold for unionization efforts. It shows essentially with one person and minimal efforts they got the might Amazon to capitulate in some respect, and that is a nice toehold, “said Mr. Eigen.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been known to hire in masses during the holiday season and consequently distaff once the busy season is over with most of the time employees who complain the most being let go. Stones believes that the seasonality nature of the company’s business gives it a clear path of blocking any attempts of employees joining trade unions.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has already bought a robot company as it looks to reduce the amount of labor it hires with greater focus now being given to the use of, machines that never complain
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