Amazon slammed for firing 100 workers after strike
The Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. | Reed Saxon / AOP

Spanish trade unionists have condemned the firing of more than 100 Amazon workers following strike action last month.

The General Confederation of Labour (CGT) accused the global logistics company of victimizing trade unionists who walked out in a 48-hour work stoppage after the introduction of new terms that reduce wages and benefits.

Amazon’s temporary workforce took strike action at the San Fernando de Henares site on March 21 and 22 and are due to walk out again this weekend.

However, the company decided not to renew the contracts of more than 100 temporary staff before the action, which the CGT said was “politically motivated.”

A police officer stands in front of Amazon workers who gathered to protest outside the main Amazon Logistics Center where goods are stored for distribution, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, March 21. Amazon workers were staging a two-day strike. | Paul White / AP

Mark Blanes, the CGT representative on Amazon’s workers’ committee, said the sackings were unprecedented and he believed that the contracts were not renewed as a reprisal for the employees’ support for the strike.

Amazon dismissed claims their decision was linked to the strike action and said it was due to low demand. However, staff at the site said that layoffs were unusual at this time of year.

Strike action was supported by 98 percent of the staff at the Amazon site, which has around 2,000 workers, 900 of whom are on precarious contracts.

Some of the temporary workers have been working at the site for 16 months and are still employed on short-term contracts lasting a week or 15 days at a time.

Under the new terms, pay would be frozen and additional hours payments would be slashed while sick pay would be cut in half.

Unions have called for a day of protest in Madrid today, with action being considered for the company’s biggest sales days of the year, including Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday.

Meetings are being held with Italian unions to plan joint actions.

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