Historic agreement between Amazon and sector unions

Friday 25 May 2018

The first trade union agreement between Amazon and workers represented by sector trade unions, including Filcams Cgil, was signed in Piacenza, Italy.

The agreement is considered “historic” for the innovations introduced in terms of work organisation and economic recognition in addition to the collective labour agreement.

The agreement was signed on 22nd May 2018, on behalf of the workers who voted in the referendum held by the unions following five assemblies. Approximately one third of those entitled participated in the vote; just under 70% of those voting in favor of the agreement.

“We are satisfied with a result that is currently unique in Europe” – underlines Massimo Mensi, who heads the Filcams Cgil Nazionale’s disputes with Amazon – “that we hope will pave the way for the opening of many other discussion tables in all the countries where Amazon has its headquarters”.

The guiding principle of the agreement is fairness, with a redistribution of workloads that removes the obligation for some night or afternoon workers, with a fairer reorganisation between all workers and coverage of weekend shifts.

In addition, in the distribution of weekend service, the shift will be marked on the basis of eight weeks, with four consecutive free weekends and shifts alternating between Saturdays and Sundays.

“This is an extremely important agreement” – emphasises Maria Grazia Gabrielli, General Secretary of Filcams Cgil Nazionale – “especially in the light of the strikes and protests of last November, when on Black Friday many employees united to ask for lighter working conditions and a lesser impact on private and family life. This agreement can pave the way for new corporate relationships on issues of health and safety of the workplace.”

The agreement will run for one year, starting on June 17th, and will set a first deadline four months after its introduction, in order to monitor closely the results achieved.