The EU’s trade union movement has come under fire for allowing Amazon to pay a $10,000 salary to a member of its staff.
Amazon’s pay was announced at a trade union conference in London, but the union representing Amazon’s UK branch, the Association of British Mechanical and Electrical Workers (AAME), says it was the first time a UK branch had agreed to pay an employee the amount.
Amazon has been accused of using the UK branch as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the British government to increase its share of UK market share.
The US-based company has said the union’s agreement to pay the £10,010 pay increase is for “human resources reasons”.
But the UK Branch of AAME has now announced that it is now negotiating with Amazon to allow employees to receive more money.
The UK branch of the UK’s biggest trade union says it is negotiating with the company to allow members to receive a higher salary, with a spokesperson saying: We have a strong relationship with the Amazon branch of AamE and have been in close contact with them for some time.
The spokesperson also confirmed that the pay increase will be paid directly to the member, not the union.
AMI has also confirmed the pay raise and has also offered to match the increased salary.
The AAMC says it has received more than 40,000 letters of support from the public and trade unions, but that it cannot take any action because it is a matter for the British Government.
AMIs union has also called on the Government to end the use of non-compete clauses in public sector contracts, and has urged the UK Government to allow the AAMM to negotiate contracts directly with Amazon.
Amazon UK has said that the UK is “a good market” and is “building strong, stable, and inclusive communities”.
It has said it is investing more than £100 million in the UK, with over half of the investment going towards a new Amazon research and development centre.
The company has been a vocal critic of the AamC, with CEO Jeff Bezos writing in a 2014 blog post that the organisation was “trying to dictate what we can and can’t do with our products”.
Amazon has also been criticised for not paying workers a living wage, and its founder and CEO has been criticised by the AAMA for paying low wages.
The group says the UK will “re-examine its long-standing commitment to the AAMI” if the AAmC continues to “undermine” the union, which is a “fringe” organisation.
It is now seeking to win a vote on whether or not to continue to pay workers at its UK branch.