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‘Crucial Moment’ For Global Workers’ Rights In Amazon As Unionisation Vote Closes

Monday, March 29, 2021

 ‘Crucial Moment’ For Global Workers’ Rights In Amazon As Unionisation Vote Closes

The eyes of the trade union world are focused on Alabama as an Amazon workers’ campaign to unionise reaches a ‘crucial moment’, with the close of their recognition ballot later today (Monday 29 March).

In what’s been marked as a turning point for labour relations in the United States, workers are organising under the banner of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) to demand better working conditions and an end to worker surveillance at the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Bessemer, a south western suburb of the city of Birmingham.

RWDSU representatives will join GMB Scotland union organisers on Wednesday evening at for a special online event, ‘Demands for a Post-COVID World of Work’, to inform and discuss the Bessemer unionisation campaign and its impact on the fight for recognition in Amazon across the world.

GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith said: “This is a crucial moment for workers’ rights but whatever the outcome in Bessemer this unionisation drive is a point of no return for Amazon, not just in the United States but across the world and including Scotland.

“It is a basic human need to want proper value for our work and for that work to be underpinned by basic rights and protections, and it’s why there is a reawakening of the need for unionisation to achieve it.

“The clock is ticking on the unfettered greed of billionaire disrupters and practitioners of precarious work because the COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced all the underlying exploitations that have been left unchallenged over the last decade.

“We are delighted that representatives from Alabama will be joining on us on Wednesday because the challenges facing Amazon workers in Bessemer are the same as those in Bathgate, and we need to learn from each other to make work better post-COVID.”


Contact: GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.

Notes to Editors:

GMB Scotland’s Event, ‘Demands for a Post-COVID World of Work’, takes place at 7PM on Wednesday 31 March, at


Amazon UK Fulfilment & Warehouse Locations:  

Aberdeen, 2-8 Cairnrobin Way, AB12 4NJ

Banbury, 3 Southam Road, OX16 2DJ

Bathgate, Strand Drive, EH48 2EA

Belvedere, 7 Crabtree Manorway, DA17 6AS

Birmingham, Britannia Point, Patent Drive, Wednesbury, WS10 7XB

Bolton Bridgewater Ave, BL5 1BT

Bristol, Poplar Way E, Avonmouth, BS1 1DD

Carlisle, DPN1, CA6 5TR

Chester, DCE1, CH5 2RD

Chesterfield, 26-27 Gander Ln, Barlborough, S43 4FD

Christchurch, Hurn, East Parley, BH23 6NW

Coalville, Interlink Way E, Bardon Hill, LE67 1PD

Coventry, Lyons Park, Coundon Wedge Drive, CV5 9FA

Croydon, 4-8 Queensway, Croydon, CR0 4BD

Darlington, Building One, Symmetry Park, Morton Park Way, DL1 4BF

Daventry, 4 Royal Oak Way N, NN11 8QL

Doncaster, Balby Carr Bank, Balby, DN4 5JS

Doncaster, Iport Avenue, New Rossington, DN11 0BG

Doncaster, Water Vole Way, Balby, DN4 5JP

Droitwich Kingswood Rd, Hampton Lovett, WR9 0QH

Dundee, Unit 3, Riverside Distribution Centre, Riverside Ave, DD2 1UR

Dunfermline, Amazon Way, KY11 8XT

Dunstable, Boscombe Road, LU5 4FE

Durham, MME2, DH6 5NR

Edinburgh, Bankhead Crossway S, Edinburgh, EH11 4FD

Exeter, Unit 1, Exeter Logistics Park, Werstan Rd, EX5 2GB

Fareham 27, Radial, 11 Barnes Wallis Rd, PO15 5EJ

Hemel Hempstead, 2 Eastman Way, HP2 7DU

Glasgow, 77 Durham St, G41 1AA

Gourock, Faulds Park Rd, PA19 1BQ

Gravesend, Northfleet, DA11 9AD

Haydock, Sortation Centre 525 Haydock Park, Haydock, Saint Helens, WA11 9FS

Inverness, 15 Carsegate Rd N, IV3 8DU

Leeds – 3 The Oval, Hunslet, LS10 2AU

Leeds, Skelton Moor Way, LS15

Leeds, Logic Leeds Distribution Park, Pontefract Ln, LS9 0PS

Leeds Network House, Middleton Grove, Beeston, LS11 5PX

Leyland, Enterprise Business Park, Redrose Drive, PR26 6TJ

Liverpool, Knowsley Depot, L33 7RR

Maidstone, Invicta Riverside Unit 1, New Hythe Ln, ME20 7FG

Manchester, Airport City, 6 Sunbank Ln, WA15 0QA

Manchester Trafford Park, Stretford, M17 1TN

Milton Keynes, Marston Gate, MK43 0ZA

Motherwell, Condor Glen, Motherwell, ML1 4UY

Newport, Celtic Business Park, NP19 4QZ

Peterborough, Orton Southgate, PE2 6GX

Plymouth, Tamar House, Thornbury Rd, PL6 7PT

Redhill, Cross Oak Ln, RH1 5EX

Redhill, 9-3 Wells Pl, Merstham, RH1 3AS

Rochester, Unit 1A London Medway Commercial Park, James Swallow Way, ME3 9GX

Rotherham, Unit 48 Waddington Way, S65 3SH

Rugby, Unit 3 Waver Way, CV23 0XF

Rugeley, Towers Business Park, Power Station Road, WS15 1NZ

Shoreham, 5 Brighton Rd, BN43 6RN

Southampton, Unit 8, Hounsdown Business Park, Bulls Copse Rd, SO40 9LR

Stoke-on-Trent, CST9 / DST1, ST4 8ZR

Sunderland, Cherry Blossom Way, Sunderland, SR5 3PL

Swansea, Skewen, SA1 8QX

Tilbury, London Distribution Park, Windrush Road, RM18 7AN

Warrington, Omega Plot 7c, Orion Boulevard, WA5 3XA

Weybridge, Unit 100A, 303 Vickers Dr N, KT13 0YU

Wick, Littlehampton, BN17 6GY

Worsley, Wardley, Worsley, M28 2DP