Amazon Call Center Workers in Costa Rica Send Support to Amazon Union in US

Announcing that Amazon employees at JFK8 in Staten Island had gained their vote to kind the primary union at an Amazon warehouse within the United States, Chris Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), sarcastically despatched his gratitude to Amazon’s founder: “We want to thank Jeff Bezos for going to space, because when he was up there, we were signing people up.”

In an interview for “The Daily Show,” Smalls stated that the employees organized outdoors of the Democratic and Republican events as a result of “We want to make sure that it’s all inclusive and put workers in the driver’s seat. That’s the ultimate power…Having the workers in the driver’s seat, and having them at the negotiating table, putting together a contract that protects them…that’s the best thing ever.”

The ALU additionally organized individually from conventional and bureaucratic union leaderships which profit from the membership of their employees with out defending their pursuits.

The rise up and energy in Smalls’ phrases resonate in every one who is aware of firsthand the strategies of exploitation and precarization used in opposition to employees in Amazon amenities, not simply within the United States, however the world over. More than 1 million folks work for Amazon and so are exploited by the identical boss.

All Amazon employees stand to achieve from the ALU’s struggle for higher working circumstances. Workers all over the world are watching what is going on within the United States and sending their assist. What follows is a collection of texts despatched by Amazon employees in Costa Rica to Left Voice in solidarity with their fellow Amazon employees within the United States.

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Victoria, Heavy-Bulky Services:

The complete world has heard the information of your victory. You confirmed that it may be executed, with out hundreds of thousands of {dollars}, with out the technique of the wealthy. Our work within the call center is completely different, however we perceive precarization, the stress of unattainable metrics, and all that’s required of you within the warehouse. Your struggle can be ours. We ship you energy for the struggles to come back!

María, Advertising:

You have a lot guts and braveness, it is rather laborious to have achieved what you will have executed. Amazon is at all times going to attempt to play soiled and do all it could possibly to stop employees from assembly, discussing with one another, and organizing for his or her rights. We are desirous to see you win higher circumstances; fortunately there’s a motion within the United States that looks as if it isn’t going to cease. Amazon has to hear and perceive that issues have to vary, as a result of the circumstances within the achievement center are very precarious. They say they respect their employees, however they don’t do it for the nice of the folks, however to keep away from dangerous publicity. Hopefully the motion continues to advance. There are already unions in Europe. I hope this will probably be a world motion.

Juan, Vendor Support:

Seeing what you will have executed there makes us think about the probabilities of what might be executed right here in Costa Rica. Taking into consideration the precarious state of affairs we’re in, and and not using a means to defend ourselves, Amazon can get away with quite a bit. Much has occurred at Amazon, it has systematized and arranged the precarization of its employees. Consequently, the one option to struggle again is to do the identical – arrange to unite, to kind a union. Organize to satisfy folks and provides voice to their dissatisfaction with precarity and mistreatment. We need to struggle again.

Rebeca, ERC:

You are already happening path. This is how change and revolutions start. Do not be intimidated or again down – you will have the assist of all the working class. You characterize us all, we’re all pleased with what you will have executed within the United States, in opposition to a large corresponding to Amazon. We need to observe in your footsteps. This course of extends the world over.

Originally revealed in Spanish on April 25 in La Izquierda Diario Costa Rica.

Translation by Madeleine Freeman

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