MP to attend Amazon Prime Day demo in Milton Keynes
Jack Dromey MP to attend GMB Amazon Prime Day demonstration in Milton Keynes on Friday 19 July over poor working conditions
Until we see an improvement in workers’ situations we will continue to speak out, says GMB London
GMB are holding a protest outside the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Milton Keynes on Friday 19 July as part of the UK-wide Amazon Prime Day demonstrations against the appalling working conditions in the online retailer’s warehouses.
GMB research has revealed the dangerous conditions Amazon workers struggle under. Since 2015/16, more than 600 reports have been made from Amazon warehouses to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This includes workers using plastic bottles to urinate in instead of going to the toilet, and pregnant women have been forced to stand for hours on end, with some pregnant women being targeted for dismissal.
Details of the protest are as follows:
Friday 19 July
6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Amazon Fulfilment Centre
GMB members will be attending the protest with banners and picket signs telling Amazon owner Jeff Bezos “We Are Not Robots”. GMB will also be joined at the protest by Jack Dromey MP for Birmingham Erdington and six members of the CCOO Union from Spain who have been striking over the same poor working conditions there.
As well Milton Keynes, GMB are this week holding demonstrations outside Amazon fulfilment centres in Rugeley, Swansea, Peterborough, Warrington, Coventry and Doncaster. The demonstrations can be followed online by searching the hashtags #PrimeDay and #AmazonWeAreNotRobots
Steve Garelick, GMB Regional Organiser said:
“GMB is keen to see a sea change from Amazon and that working with a Union brings benefits. Until we see an improvement in workers’ situations we will continue to speak out.
“Until we see companies such as Amazon making a real substantial tax and green contribution to the UK & elsewhere we will remain resolute in voicing our concerns.”
Contact: Steve Garelick 07967 763980 or GMB London Press Office 07970 114762