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'I am devastated' Anger over job losses at Amazon

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

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DISGRUNTLED Amazon workers are upset after hearing their temporary contracts have come to an end.

Kevin Thomas, of High Street, Swansea, was dismissed from his job as a picker at the Jersey Marine site and claimed he was given no explanation.

The 37-year-old said he had been working for the company for 21 months and really enjoyed his job.

He said: "All I have been told is that my contract has come to the end. I am devastated and have been left without a job. I will have to sign on at the job centre on Monday now as I have no other choice. I have never encountered any errors before and I have only had positive feedback from my managers.

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"I don't understand why I have been let go and I am so disappointed. I work really hard and walk about 15 miles a day. I feel let down."

The Post has also been contacted by a permanent Amazon worker worried about how the temporary members of staff are being treated.

The worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "The majority of the temp associates that have been released are all above the productivity targets that are set and very few if any have disciplinary or points against their names. They are mostly excellent workers and are being thrown out for reasons that are not completely explained."

A spokeswoman said: "We created thousands of full time permanent positions across the UK in 2013 and continue to create further permanent roles on an ongoing basis.

"Permanent employees now account for around 80 per cent of our total UK fulfilment centre workforce outside of the peak Christmas period. Many of these new positions were created at our Swansea centre where we now have in excess of 1,000 permanent employees.

"Temporary associates are regularly brought into the business to help us manage demand and when permanent positions become available, these are filled by high- performing associates who originally joined us on a temporary basis. Unfortunately, we are not able to permanently retain all temporary associates who work with us."

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  • Philosoraptor  |  May 21 2014, 7:35PM

    No they are not empadvisor. They were given a legally sound contract which clearly stated they were temporary staff, the only time the tribunal would be an avenue is if they were sacked... but ofcourse they weren't sacked. Temporary contracts are common place and have been for a long time, why weren't these former employee's looking for work leading up to the end date?

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  • empadvisor  |  May 16 2014, 12:46PM

    If you have worked for 6 months and have been laid off then you would certainly have a claim at Employment Tribunal. They are clearly in breach of the Agency Workers Regulations (2010). These regulations insist that any temporary worker, who has been in post continuously to 12 weeks or more, are entitled to the same employment rights as permanent workers. Either ask your agency to take it up with Amazon or better still, get to the CAB for advice in bringing a claim against Amazon.

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  • osspreyss1  |  May 14 2014, 8:09PM

    I worked there last November and the way they layed off some of the people there was disgusting

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  • persona1977  |  May 14 2014, 8:06PM

    Amazon have been dismissing all the temp staff that have been there over 6 months. They are telling them they can come back in 2 months! They are replacing the staff with new workers for the following reasons - 1) They don't want to pay above the basic wage ... 2) the pension situation ... 3) it's rumoured they get payments from the government each time they employ a new temp worker. Fact of the matter is they are sacking good staff for no other reason then financial gain. They need the workers and in the last 2 weeks they have taken on at least 100 members of staff in Swansea FC - something really needs to be done about it!

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  • osspreyss1  |  May 14 2014, 8:03PM

    why are recruitment agencies in Swansea advertising immediate starts for amazon when they are laying people off ?

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  • lorraine2611  |  May 13 2014, 4:49PM

    my daughter started working for amazon last august through an agency, she was praised for her hard work and hitting well over the daily target, then she found out she was pregnant when she told them they started to discriminate her by saying she was not hitting her target when she was and being awkward to her, they then laid her off for no reason at all whilst they were advertising for workers, this company should not be able to treat their workers like this something should be done to stop it!!!!

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  • empadvisor  |  May 13 2014, 11:22AM

    I did offer some sound advice Kev, however, the EP decided not to publish it here, they will probably now publish the advice and try to pass it off as their own

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  • kevthom  |  May 12 2014, 7:38PM

    Just to let everyone know the post is going to write a more indepth story so if anyone has any information that would help .pls get in touch .and thanks guys for the commens may be someone will sit up and take notice

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  • chelsea1955  |  May 11 2014, 12:37PM

    Come on Evening Post sharpen your pencils and get stuck in if you have the fight as our local paper, Ex-Amazon given enough details on here for you to at least sniff around, we need answers NOW!!

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  • Ex-Amazon  |  May 11 2014, 9:56AM

    Ffordd Amazon, the 1.5km link road for lorry deliveries was built with over £1 Million pounds of WAG funding as an industrial link road for the area. It serves no other businesses. Another gift courtesy of Welsh tax payers.

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