Amazon is never far from the headlines -- if it's not tax dodging, it's how it treats its employees and its union busting activities. In short: when Amazon is bad, it's very, very bad.
Amazon is a giant company and one that is notoriously difficult to budge. That's why we're teaming up with our friends at Amazon Anonymous for a campaign to get Amazon to change its ways. When we work together we can shift the biggest of the big and the baddest of the bad -- Amazon included.
Amazon can only get away with this because it thinks we can't fight back. But like all companies, Amazon is only as good as its reputation. Imagine if Amazon is confronted with hundreds of thousands of its customers, workers and shareholders all demanding change. Its deeds will be unavoidable and it will be forced to act.
Can you tell Amazon to stop treat its workers better, pay its fair share of taxes and stop union busting?
Amazon's questionable ways don't stop at avoiding tax. It hires bus loads of agency workers that don't yet have basic employment rights -- then lets them go at 12 weeks just when their legal protections would kick in. When workers at an Amazon warehouse tried to form a union, Amazon shipped in its brash American union busting firm and worked hard to stop workers from forming a union.
Amazon is a poster child of the new economy, but instead of being a forward thinking employer, it's adopting some of the worst practices of the old economy -- and then some. If we can push Amazon to change its ways, we will send shockwaves through the tech sector and beyond.
SumOfUs was created so we can work together to take on the big baddies of the new economy. Just as they use the internet to their advantage -- so can we. Coming together to demand Amazon changes is a critical step, but we have lots more planned. It's time for us to show Amazon that we won't take the abuses anymore.
Amazon: stop dodging taxes, stop union busting and start treating your workers better.
Amazon Anonymous campaign website, Amazon Anonymous, 2 October 2014
Anger at Amazon working conditions, Channel 4 News, August 2013
How Amazon crushed the Union movement, Time Magazine, January 2014
Amazon boycott urged after firm pays only £4.2million in tax, The Guardian, May 2014