Amazon has taken a decisive lead in its landmark union vote with workers voting two-to-one to reject unionisation with half the votes counted.
Around 55 per cent of the 5800 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are understood to have cast their ballots on whether they should form the first union of Amazon workers in US history.
However, preliminary counting suggests that Amazon may have once again managed to avoid unionisation efforts by staff in the US.
Of the 3215 votes cast, around 1100 are understood to have been against unionisation, while just 463 voted to support it.
However, according to Reuters around 500 votes have currently been challenged, but it was not clear how many of these contested votes fell on each side.
The dire results have caused the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), the union workers are voting to join, to call for an investigation into Amazon’s conduct surrounding the vote.
“Our system is broken, Amazon took full advantage of that, and we will be calling on the labor board to hold Amazon accountable for its illegal and egregious behavior during the campaign,” RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum.
“But make no mistake about it; this still represents an important moment for working people and their voices will be heard.”