Thousands of Amazon workers in Europe stage Black Friday strike

Thousands of Amazon workers in Europe stage Black Friday strike

Thousands of Amazon workers in Europe stage Black Friday strike

Around 620 employees at Amazon's logistics facilities in the German towns of Bad Hersfeld and Rheinberg have chosen the annual Black Friday discount rampage to go on strike, the tech company reports.

The protest is in response to a Guardian report from May that found ambulances were called to Amazon warehouses 600 times over a course of three years to due incidents that resulted from unsafe working conditions. It insists that the customers haven not been impacted, however as the majority of staffers continued to work.

Thousands of Amazon employees are on strike across europe, they claim that the company isnt treating them well, with reports stating the managers sometimes have to pack boxes to meet the demand. Images on social media showed small groups of people gathered with banners from the union. Facebook and Twitter is replete with images with Amazon workers holding placards that read "Jeff Bezos, you're the richest man".

Although the Black Friday shopping frenzy is closely linked to Thanksgiving in the United States, retailers have increasingly begun to offer the same deep discounts to global audiences.

In Italy, Spain, France, and Germany workers planned to strike for 24 hours or more.

They've timed the latest protest for Black Friday, one of the busiest annual shopping days online as retailers slash prices and heavily promote deals to try to spark a seasonal buying rush. Amazon does not disclose sales totals for Spain.

In Spain, the labour dispute started because Amazon changed employees´ work conditions, meaning they now lose out on sick pay or breaks, said Berceruelo.

"Amazon has invested over 27 billion euros and created over 75,000 permanent jobs across Europe since 2010", the statement said.

'These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs, ' the company said.

"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".

"According to the UK Government's Health and Safety Executive, Amazon has over 40% fewer injuries on average than other transportation and warehousing companies in the UK". "All we want is to get Amazon around the table", he said.

The walkout by Amazon laborers is aimed at disrupting that spending spree, and forcing the online platform to make concessions to its workforce. None of Amazon's USA warehouse workers is represented by unions.

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

Amazon's fulfillment center in Dupont, Wash.

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