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Spanish Amazon Delivery Drivers In UK Sue Over Unpaid Wages 

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Amazon drivers hired in Spain who relocated to the UK are suing the company and its subcontractor One Motion, over unpaid wages and other issues.

The drivers claim One Motion promised them earnings of over £100 a day.

They were also told they'd have free housing, van rental, insurance, and return flights during an online meeting in Spanish. 

They are tasked to deliver packages in the busy run-up to Christmas. 

However, they claim upon arrival in the UK, they received only four days of training at Amazon facilities.

They say they soon realised the promised payments were not fully met.

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Several drivers report not being paid in full.

They say they were then billed thousands of pounds for vehicle damage after their contracts ended, leaving them in debt. 

While acknowledging some vehicle damage, they argue that the charges were excessive.

The drivers, supported by the United Voices of the World (UVW) union, are pursuing legal action against One Motion for docked wages and compensation.

They say consent for the charges was not validly obtained. 

The terms and conditions were reportedly disclosed only after the drivers had signed the subcontractor agreement. 

Amazon is named as a respondent in the claim.

A UVW spokesperson said the deductions were excessive, and almost all workers in the claim “experienced this deduction strategy”.

They added: “One Motion continues to send debt collection agencies to hound these workers to pay these erroneous debts, threatening their credit scores and financial wellbeing.”

One Motion said: “Each driver named by United Voices of the World received remuneration of at least £100 per day for each day on which services were provided after any relevant deductions were applied for vehicle rental charges and/or accommodation costs.”

However, driver José Manuel Elá Asángono reported being paid only £200 out of an agreed £3,100 and now allegedly owes £5,500. 

Similarly, Diego Martin Baglietto stated he received only £450 after 25 days of work despite being promised weekly pay.

The drivers were classified as self-employed subcontractors, responsible only for their own food.

UVW said due to the nature of their work, they should have been classified as employees under the Employment Rights Act 1996. 

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The union argues One Motion delayed pay, which left large sums unpaid.

It says the company charged excessive fees for van rental, minor damage, cleaning, and administrative fees.

One Motion denies the allegations, stressing the drivers were correctly classified and that all costs were communicated. 

Amazon also denied any wrongdoing and stated it is committed to fair treatment for those employed by its subcontractors, promising to investigate the issue.

Amazon made nearly £27 billion in delivery sales in the UK, while One Motion Logistics Ltd reported £90m in revenue across the UK, Spain, and Germany.

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