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Old 11-09-2018, 10:10 AM
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Default Canarian Weekly: Amazon staff plan a Christmas strike

AMAZON packaging and delivery staff in Madrid have announced strikes affecting ?Black Friday?, the December bank holiday, Christmas and the New Year, as negotiations over their working conditions and pay have stalled. Employees at the logistics centre in San Fernando de Henares have had ongoing disputes with Amazon, through their unions, since March, when the company ?unilaterally imposed? a collective agreement for new and more restrictive working conditions after the previous one expired.

The sector-wide agreement which came up for renewal and renegotiation in March, included guaranteed pay increases, sick-pay top-ups so that employees off ill would still get their full wages, and more favourable overtime rates and job titles. Spanish labour law dictates that new working conditions and salary rates cannot be implemented when they are worse than those currently in existence, without a majority vote in favour by employees and their unions.

And no further progress has been made since the San Fernando logistics centre went on strike over ?Prime Day? in July.

This time, centre workers will down tools over 23rd-24th November, covering Black Friday; the bank holidays of 6th and 8th December, and the day in between, as well as the weekend immediately following them.

They will also disrupt Christmas sales, and the Three Kings or Epiphany celebrations, when Spanish people give and receive the bulk of their festive presents. This is likely to hold up deliveries of Amazon goods and could also affect international Amazon orders where they pass through the San Fernando plant.

But Amazon Spain considers the strikes unnecessary, because, it says, it has created over 2,000 permanent jobs in the country since 2011 with ?competitive rates of pay?, and a ?complete package of employee benefits?.

The company insists it has focused on maintaining ?direct and open dialogue? with its staff.
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