From our Swindon Correspondent:
From the BBC
Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama warehouse voted 1,798 to 738 against the effort, labour officials said.
That represented a majority of votes cast in the contest, which was seen as a key test for Amazon after global criticism of its treatment of workers during the pandemic.
The union said it would challenge the results.
“Employers have a huge advantage in these situations,” she said. “They have almost unlimited money and almost unlimited access to the workers to bombard them with messages of anxiety and uncertainty and we see the result of that here.”
I’ve worked in a number of factories and warehouses in the UK. Most of them have little union membership, many have none. No-one cares about forming a union. Most union membership in the UK is in the public sector. Effectively, people have a monopoly employer, which is the government. I suggest this is why unions are so anti-privatisation. Once you have private schools and hospitals competing for people, who needs the unions?