A little grey letterbox could lead to huge changes for employees at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse in Alabama.

On 9 April, workers at the site overwhelmingly voted against the creation of a union branch, in a ballot widely followed in the United States. Since then however, witness statements from workers have emerged accusing the e-commerce giant of seeking to interfere with the vote, by asking the postal services to set up a box outside the site to collect employee ballots.

The US press reported that during the union campaign, Amazon repeatedly encouraged employees to use this letterbox, even setting up a small tent around it. The initiative was criticised by the powerful Retail, Warehouse and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which would have represented the employees if the ‘yes’ vote had won. It believes that the installation of the box at Amazon’s request may have dissuaded some workers from taking part in the poll, for fear…

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