Published On: Mon, Sep 20th, 2021

Amazon reaches ‘world-first’ agreement with Italian unions

Italian unions score another global first

Giant online retailer Amazon has agreed a deal with Italian unions promising to involve them in the company’s operations in Italy, after a strike earlier this year over the strains placed on delivery drivers. Amazon has fought against allowing unionisation of its workforce and defeated an attempt by US unions to organise last spring.

Amazon Italia signed a ‘framework agreement’ this week to consult with unions on a range of issues. The head of the CGIL union called the deal an ‘important’ recognition of the role of the unions, marking something new, at a world level’.

The agreement is the second global first achieved by Italian unions against Amazon’s resistance. In 2018, the firm conceded a deal on a narrower issue of ‘inhumane’ scheduling. Workers in Canada have also recently begun moves to unionise.

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