Activists gathered in Banbury to campaign for more rights for Amazon workers across the world.

The protest coincided with the Amazon shareholders’ meeting yesterday, and aimed to highlight what Unite the union  calls the tech company's 'poor treatment and anti-union tactics'.

In the UK, Unite is calling on the company to make a clear commitment and sign up to a declaration of neutrality. The declaration would guarantee workers the freedom to talk with and from a union without fear.

Unite executive officer Sharon Graham said: “It's time for Amazon’s shareholders to demand action to deliver better rights for Amazon workers."

Unite says the in the USA workers in Bessemer, Alabama lost their campaign for union recognition against the what it claims were attacks on workers’ rights to form a union by using anti-union consultants.

An Amazon spokesperson said: “We respect our employees’ right to join, form, or not to join a labour union or other lawful organisation of their own selection, without fear of reprisal, intimidation, or harassment.

"Across Amazon, including in our fulfilment centres, we place enormous value on having daily conversations with each associate and work to make sure direct engagement with our employees is a strong part of our work culture. The fact is, we already offer excellent pay, excellent benefits and excellent opportunities for career growth, all while working in a safe, modern work environment. The unions know this.”

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