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Amazon investors call for end to anti-union interference

More than 5,800 Amazon employees in Alabama are set to vote in a mail-in ballot; the first time attempt by US-based workers of the company to unionise

A group of more than 70 Amazon investors are calling on the company to end interference against efforts by its workers to unionise in America, according to the Financial Times.

More than 5,800 Amazon employees in Alabama are set to vote in a mail-in ballot; the first time attempt by US-based workers of the company to unionise.

Led by the Swedish organisations Folksam and Ohman Fonder, the investors own approximately $20bn (£14.5bn) in Amazon shares, and include the comptrollers of Legal and General Investment Management, BMO Global Asset Management and the Church of England Pensions Board.

In a letter, the group urged the retail giant to end its union-busting – which included posters and compulsory meetings during work hours – and return to neutrality, inferring Amazon was going against its own Global Human Rights Principles, which are listed on its website.

In a statement, Amazon said: “We have provided education that helps employees understand the facts of joining a union.

“If the union vote passes, it will impact everyone at the site and it’s important associates understand what that means for them and their day-to-day life working at Amazon.”

 

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