Amazon workers went on strike today in various regions of Europe
Amazon workers went on strike across Europe today as protests against the US e-commerce giant’s labor practices escalated on one of the busiest days of the year.
The global “Make Amazon Pay” campaign (Make Amazon Pay), which is coordinated by the international union federation UNI Global Union, said that strikes and demonstrations will take place in more than 30 countries from the so-called Black Friday until Monday.
Many retail companies are reducing their prices to boost their sales on Black Friday, one day after Thanksgiving in the US.
While it was initially known for the queues of consumers that formed outside large department stores in the USthe day has now become more online and international, fueled in part by Amazon, which this year is offering ten days of sales from November 17 to 27.
In Germany, Amazon’s second largest market based on sales last year, about 250 workers at a Leipzig warehouse and about 500 at a warehouse in Rheinberg went on strike, according to the Verdi union. The union said the 24-hour strike at five fulfillment centers began at midnight yesterday demanding an agreement on collective bargaining agreements.
An Amazon representative in Germany said workers receive fair wages, with the starting salary exceeding 14 euros per hour, and they have additional benefits. The spokesperson said the timeline for Black Friday order deliveries will be reliable and will be met.
More than 200 workers are on strike today at Amazon’s warehouse in Coventry, England, in the context of a dispute over wages. The workers are asking for a wage increase to £15 an hour. An Amazon spokesman in Britain said the minimum wage was between £11.80 and £13 an hour depending on location, and would rise to £12.30 to £13 an hour from April 2024. Amazon said the strike would not will cause problems.
The Italian trade union CGIL has called a strike for today at the storage unit in Castel San Giovanni, while the Spanish union CCOO has called on Amazon warehouse and delivery workers to strike for one hour in each shift next Monday, known as “Cyber Monday”, which is the last day of Amazon’s 10-day sales.
Amazon’s automatic parcel pick-up boxes will also be a target — located in various locations from train stations to supermarkets and used by many customers.
In France, the anti-globalization organization Attac is calling on activists to cover these boxes with posters and duct tapethus making it difficult for distributors and customers to open them.
Attac, which characterizes Black Friday as a “celebration of overproduction and overconsumption”said he expected the mobilization to be wider than last year, when 100 Amazon mailboxes across France were targeted.
Amazon remains popular in Europe despite competitors such as Shein and Temu record rapid growth. Amazon’s app had 146 million active users in Europe in October, compared with 64 million for Shein and 51 million for Temu.
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