Dec 2018 | Unions to step up efforts at Amazon Australia after worker sacked

Date: 11 Dec 2018

Source: The Guardian

Two unions have formed an alliance to organise workers at Amazon Australia after the first worker at its Sydney fulfilment centre to join a union was sacked.

Raj, a forklift driver employed through labour hire company Adecco, has launched a general protections case in the Fair Work Commission claiming he was dismissed from his job due to union activity.

Raj is being represented by his union – the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) – which has joined forces with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to organise workers on Amazon sites.

Amazon launched in Australia in late 2017, drawing immediate criticism from unions for its decision to hire warehouse workers through Adecco on award rates rather than directly employ workers and bargain with them collectively.