Black Friday protests outside Amazon over working conditions

Black Friday protests outside Amazon over working conditions

"You'd think making the workplace safer so people aren't carted out of the warehouse in an ambulance is in everyone's interest, but Amazon seemingly have no will to get round the table with us".

The shopping giant has yet to acknowledge the effort of its European employees, which will undoubtedly follow Black Friday if Amazon decides to publicly respond at all.

"Amazon has not made worker safety a top priority", said Fiorenzo Molinari, a secretary at a local Italian trade union, in a provided statement. The protesters claim the company treats them like "robots", citing bad safety record and low wages.

"The conditions our members at Amazon are working under are frankly inhuman".

In Spain, the labour dispute started because Amazon changed employees´ work conditions, meaning they now lose out on sick pay or breaks, said Berceruelo. "That's what we're campaigning for", Roache continues.

UNI tells me that more than 2,400 workers in Spain and Germany are on strike now, with hundreds more in the other areas. Amazon disputed the claims, however, saying that the majority of employees were actually inside, processing orders. Black Friday deals are expected to produce an additional $2 billion of revenue for retailers in Europe, some analysts say.

On the day that kicks-off the Christmas shopping season, Amazon workers in parts of Europe have gone on strike.

"We encourage everyone to compare our pay, benefits and working conditions to others and come see for yourself on one of the public tours we offer every day at our centres across the United Kingdom".

Not long after Prime Day, Amazon instituted a "Fulfillment Center Ambassador" program, in which certain Amazon employees were given a new job within the company: defending Amazon on Twitter. Any reports to the contrary are simply wrong.

Union activists also protested UK's Amazon warehouses at five places, including Milton Keynes and Peterborough, lambasting working conditions there, describing them as "inhumane". "Amazon is a fair and responsible employer. We believe in continuous improvement across our network and maintain an open and direct dialogue with our associates", the company said. The company has invested 27 billion euros and created more than 75,000 permanent jobs in Europe since 2010, it said in an email. 'We provide safe and positive working conditions, and encourage anyone to come see for themselves by taking a tour at one of our fulfillment centers'.

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