Amazon workers prepare to disrupt the world’s largest online retailer on Black Friday with strikes planned in over 30 countries.
The Global Workers’ Coalition Group, called “Make Amazon Pay”, aims to get retailers to raise wages, pay a fair share of taxes and reduce theirs. “impact on the planet,”As the strikers’ website describes. The employees’ protest on November 26 is expected to affect Amazon’s warehouses, data centers, offices and affiliated factories in countries as diverse as the United States, Germany, India and South Africa.
In its list of demands, the broad constellation of 70 unions and groups such as Greenpeace and Oxfam claims “the pandemic has revealed how Amazon puts profits ahead of workers, society and our planet,“summarizes his complaints as follows:”Amazon takes too much and gives back too little.”
The online retailer and its founder, Jeff Bezos, amassed record revenue during the height of the pandemic, making Amazon a trillion-dollar company, sending Bezos’ net worth to $ 214 billion.
However, the company’s private workers say that their lives are much less rosy, with strenuous working hours, short breaks, insufficient pay and precarious working conditions are among the most frequent complaints. Over the past year, disappointed employees have staged numerous protests in various locations, including a similar global strike on Black Friday 2020. In addition to employee discontent, Amazon has also faced several antitrust inquiries launched by regulators in the US, EU, and Canada.
Commenting on the forthcoming strikes, Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel insisted that even if the company is not “perfect in all areas, if you look objectively at what Amazon is doing in each of these areas, you will see that we take our role and our impact very seriously.”
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