“We need a better vision (…) for our employees,” said Jeff Bezos in his last annual letter to shareholders before handing over operational controls to his successor, and after an unsuccessful attempt to unionization in a warehouse of his group, the sprawling Amazon.
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“Does the chairman of your board of directors feel any comfort at the recent result of the vote on a union in Bessemer?” No. I think we need to do better for our employees, ”he wrote in reference to a logistics site in Alabama where a majority of employees voted against the creation of a union, which would have been a first for Amazon in the States. -United.
The move, which has been going on for months, has been supported by figures at the top, including US President Joe Biden, and has sparked tense discussions on the ground and on Twitter. The e-commerce giant has campaigned against unionization with weekly meetings, posters, texts, etc.
“The voting results were asymmetric and our direct relationship with our employees is strong, but it is clear in my opinion that we need a better vision in terms of creating value for our employees. A vision for their success, ”adds Jeff Bezos, after detailing the many benefits, financial or not, he believes Amazon has created for its shareholders, customers, employees and SMEs that sell their products through the platform.
In February, Forbes’ richest man in the world, who founded Amazon 27 years ago, announced that he would step down as CEO of Amazon this year, but remain chairman of its board. administration and invest in innovative, long-term projects.
“We’re going to be the best employer and the safest place to work on Earth,” he promises in his letter.
He mentions in particular measures already taken or being deployed to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders linked to repetitive tasks.
For Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the distribution union that Bessemer employees wanted to join, the words of Jeff Bezos “prove that what we said about working conditions is correct,” according to a statement.
“The campaign (for unionization) has had a disastrous effect on Amazon’s reputation, regardless of the outcome of the vote,” he said. “But this admission doesn’t change anything, workers need a union – not just another Amazon PR attempt to limit the damage.”