Amazon France: The failure of wage negotiations

“Inadmissible”. The Amazon France union did not consider the proposed salary increase to be sufficient, which management raised to 3.5%. On Thursday, April 14, the third – and final – meeting of the mandatory annual negotiations ended with no agreement. Since April 3, the world leader in e-commerce has been the subject of work stoppages in France, leading to alternating walkouts and pickets in its warehouses.

“Management pushed through the proposed increase from 3% to 3.5% and that’s it.”, regrets Alain Jeault from the CGT Amazon. The figure, the union notes, is lower than inflation, which jumped to 4.5% over a year in March – unheard of since 1985, according to INSEE. It’s this return to rising prices that, like many companies, is worrying employees.

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“At the same time, we learn that Amazon is imposing a 5% surcharge on delivery prices on merchants in the name of inflation and the price of gas.”brocaded Morgane Boulard from CFDT Amazon. It applies to them, but not to us? » The unions also reiterate that Jeff Bezos’ company’s profits grew 57% to $33 billion in 2021.

The union remains ‘united’

On the other negotiation points, the management raised the old-age bonus, but the unions only see a return to an improved offer (6,400 euros net, according to one elected official), which was already accessible in previous years. Management claims that its offer is “very attractive”. And higher than increases in the industry or large companies in general (budgets for the mandatory annual negotiations increased by 2.35% in March, according to Deloitte).

With the 2% increase granted for the 2021 negotiations, Amazon’s salary will have risen by 5.5% in two years, almost as much as the 6% increase in the minimum wage between October and May 2022. Amazon also lists the other benefits on: 13and Month, bonus of 150 euros at the end of the year, one free action per year (at 2,900 euros in 2022) … Finally, management emphasizes that the strikers (2,000 people in total over a fortnight, for 12,500 warehouse workers) are not “not in the majority”.

The Inter-Union that stays “united”, must now decide what to do next. In the absence of a signature, the company can decide unilaterally. Will employees want to mobilize more? “The question of the renewable strike constantly arises”, believes Laurent Degousée of the SUD Commerces Federation, adding that the situation at Amazon is good “examined from the outside”.

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