Monitoring at Amazon Headquarters in San Fernando de Henares seem to be on the uprise: from six a.m. on a Monday til Tuesday, the staff that has gathered to supervise the demonstrations taking place have abandoned their posts in support. The reality is that little activity has been seen within the technological plant in response to the request for improvement of working conditions and the attempt not to lose some workers’ rights.
Initially, waiting for the night shift workers to finish their work day, it was aimed at 90% follow-up of the employees. Well above the 75% that signed a few days ago the start of work stoppages in the event of impossibility to reach an agreement on the renewal of the collective agreement, stuck since December 31, 2016. The latest estimate, provided by Comisiones Obreras, one of the majority unions that have supported the movement of plant employees, points out that 98% of the workforce has been absent from their position. With a purely testimonial presence, they quote in their statement, it is estimated that no more than 40 workers have opted not to support unemployment. It should be noted that, as expected by the bulk of the permanent employees, it would be the temporary ones that would see more impediments when supporting the strike. During the last weeks there have already been pressures from the ETTs of Amazon, Manpower and Adecco.
No remarkable incidents since the early hours of the morning, except with some temporary employee and the board that has decided to enter his job, the reality is that Amazon has produced an almost sepulchral silence; at least as far as the strike is concerned. They have not commented on the follow-up figures or the effects of unemployment, although yesterday, we anticipated that the first delays were already being noticed in some deliveries. Its unique positioning in this regard points to “a normal development of shifts and activity.” When asked if Amazon is covering requests for orders with other plants, those in France for example, point out that “all orders from the center will be managed by San Fernando, without any derivation.”
On the one hand, the technology has decided to make an announcement regarding the rate of one of its most popular services. The company has decided to set aside any comments on San Fernando de Henares to address the premiere of its monthly Prime plan. A measure also controversial for its insurance increase in the annual price for the next months. Also, Amazon itself has made a proposal to the group of employees, which has been rejected from any point.
“All employees of the San Fernando de Henares center will receive an increase over their base salary starting on April 1, which will go from 1.6% to 5.6% per year as part of the new conditions of the center. Those beginning to work with us will receive a gross annual salary of €19,790, which is 2.5% more than the current conditions. An initial employee with a seniority in Amazon for 4 years will earn €21,041 gross per annum, which represents an increase of 5.6% compared to the previous conditions”.
For the group of workers it is an insufficient measure since, in spite of eliminating the freezing of the salaries proposed by Amazon, the company leaves aside two of the most important points: the reduction of the price of the extra hours and the decrease in the payment of sick leave. According to Carlos Gutierrez, of Comisiones Obreras, it is the first controversial aspect that generates the most distortion for Amazon. And what is more important, more expenses for the company. In general terms, they value from the union, the new proposal worsens the current situation. So, if there is no news in the next few hours that is positioned on the side of the workers, the strike will continue until tomorrow March 22. Even replicas could exist in the coming weeks.
The above article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English. Click here to read the original article.
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