Amazon sees scattered Black Friday protests

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For many people, Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season.

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Scattered features at Amazon faced some disruptions black Friday Among the busiest shopping periods of the year. Workers were calling for better pay and workplace reforms and for the company to be more proactive climate crisis,


environmental group on friday extinction rebellion Gateways of 13 distribution centers of Amazon closed in the UK (including its largest one in the Scottish city of Dunfermline) and one each in Germany and the Netherlands, BBC and Reuters reported. police arrested five people at the protests in Dartford and 17 in Tilbury, towns to the east of London.

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separately, pay amazon, a coalition of workers and labor organizations called for a labor strike by Amazon employees in the company’s operations, such as data centers, factories and warehouses. Its purpose was to stop work for Black Friday in 20 countries including India. Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands and the US Amazon’s UK Warehouse are not federated, the BBC noted, so workers there cannot legally strike.

“The pandemic has exposed how Amazon puts benefits ahead of workers, society and our planet,” the coalition said in its statement. demand document, “Amazon takes too much and gives too little. It’s time to make Amazon Pay.”

The group’s demands are divided into five categories: workplace reform, job security, respect for workers’ rights, sustainable operations and a pay society. Workplace improvements include increasing pay, adding risk pay, providing adequate vacation time, expanding paid sick leave, and disclosing COVID-19 protocol

For job security, the group wants to eliminate casual employment and forms of contractors while reinstatement of sacked employees for protesting, Respecting workers’ rights is primarily focused on allowing employees to form a union and not operating a union-busting strategy for Amazon. The group also calls on retail giants to embrace climate change, reduce emissions to zero, and pay their taxes.

Amazon says it has already made progress on these demands.

“These groups represent a variety of interests, and while we are not perfect in any one area, if you look objectively at what Amazon is doing in each of these areas, you will see how we play our role and our We take the impact very seriously,” Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said in a statement on Wednesday.

a. Got a similar call for workers strike on black friday after last year Huge jump in Amazon sales During the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, Voted against union formation at that facility.

Extinction Rebellion did not respond to a request for comment.

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