Amazon Workers In Germany & Spain Go On Strike For Black Friday

26 November, 2018, 13:54 | Author: Gerard Cortez
  • STRIKE Workers outside an Amazon warehouse in Milton Keynes

Just in time for the online retailer's Black Friday bonanza, Amazon warehouse employees across Europe went on strike or are staging protests today. We're staging #BlackFriday protests across the United Kingdom in anger at the terrible conditions people work under at @Amazon warehouses. Facebook and Twitter is replete with images with Amazon workers holding placards that read "Jeff Bezos, you're the richest man".

In Spain, Amazon´s San Fernando de Henares facility near Madrid, the country´s biggest which employs some 1,500 people, had come to "a complete standstill" according to the CCOO union.

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

"All of our sites are safe places to work and reports to the contrary are simply wrong".

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.

"All we want is to get Amazon around the table", they said adding that, the company treats them in "inhuman conditions" at the warehouses.

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"We are striking here because of poor working conditions", CGT Union member Moises Fernandez told Ruptly. "We are losing professional categories, we are losing occupational groups, they don't ensure us any wage guarantee". Their message: "We are not robots". These are people making Amazon its money.

The UK-based GMB union said that the conditions are inhuman, there are instances of the workers breaking bones, being knocked unconscious, and taken away in ambulances. "That's what we're campaigning for", Roache continues.

Adobe Analytics reports that Black Friday e-commerce spending across the US topped $643 million as of 7 a.m. this morning, up 28 percent over a year ago.

"We are entering the end of year spurt, the most stressful time for employees", said Verdi representative Mechthild Middeke. The company has invested 27 billion euros and created more than 75,000 permanent jobs in Europe since 2010, it said in an email.

More than 600 workers have gone on strike in Germany, where workers earn a starting salary of about $12 an hour, according to Reuters. "These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs like Career Choice that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for associates".

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