Amazon Warehouse workers in several countries in Europe protest what they claim to be inhuman working conditions that treat people like robots. It is the latest in a series of workers' actions this year.
They postponed the latest protest of Black Friday, one of the busiest annual shopping days on the Internet as retailers cut prices and boost deals dramatically in an effort to spark a wave of seasonal buying.
In the UK, GMB says it expects to attend "hundreds" of protests early in the morning and afternoon at Amazon warehouses in Rugeley, Milton Keynes, Warrington, Peterborough and Swansea.
At the time of writing, the EU has not yet provided details of the turnout.
The protests are also mentioned Running in SpainFrance and Italy today. However, when Amazon was asked about strikes in its facilities in these countries, it claimed: "The European Wafa Network is fully operational and we continue to focus on providing services to our customers.
The demonstrations appear not only to put pressure on the Amazon to accept collective bargaining but also to encourage its users to think about the broader costs involved in mobilizing and sending down the discount products they are trying to seize.
Spanish newspaper El Diario Reports that workers' protests today at the country's largest Amazon logistics center in San Fernando, Madrid, represent the fourth round of strikes on working conditions in Spain.
The demonstrators in Madrid this morning reportedly echoed: "We will not accept discounts on our rights."
Report by AP Douglas Harper, spokesman for the Spanish protest group, claims that about 90 per cent of the workers in a logistics depot near Madrid joined the withdrawal – leaving only two people in the loading area. Although Amazon has shifted cargo shipments to its 22 other warehouses in the country.
Update: Amazon doubts the figure 90 percent. Today, the majority of our colleagues at the Al-Wafa Center in the Amazon region of San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) are working to address our customers' requests, as they do every day, "a spokesman told us.
French Press It is also reported that warehouse workers are beating locally, and a union representing Amazon logistics workers is calling for a national strike.
In the UK, GMB calls on Amazon to recognize its representation of workers, and attacks the company for what it calls "Victorian labor practices."
this summer Investigation The union has revealed that ambulances have been recalled to the Amazon warehouses in the UK 600 times during the past three fiscal years.
Earlier this month Union also revealed 602 reports have been prepared from Amazon stores to the Department of Health and Safety since 2015/16 – where workers reported fractures, head injuries, bruises and collisions with heavy equipment.
One report details the crash of a forklift truck caused by "an expiry of concentration, possibly because of long hours of work," she said.
"The conditions in which our members operate in the Amazon are frankly inhumane," said Tim Roach, GM's secretary-general, in a statement on Wednesday in which he announced the Black Friday protest: "They break bones, get out of consciousness and are taken in ambulances. Enough is enough, these are the people who make the Amazon their money … People with children, houses and bills to pay – they are not robots. "
"Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world and he is able to solve that." "You think making the workplace safer so people do not get out of the store in an ambulance matters to everyone, but Amazon seems to have no desire to join the table with us as A union representing hundreds of their employees. The workers and Amazon communities working in deserve better than this. This is what we are campaigning for. "
In a recent update, the GMB said Amazon did not respond to a joint request, supported by the shadow minister, to conduct a health and safety review to reduce hundreds of ambulances to its stores.
Two UK lawmakers wrote to the Amazon policy director in the UK and Ireland last week to suggest a joint audit with the union and also a meeting they hosted in parliament – to discuss issues. But the union said Amazon had so far failed to respond.
In response to the protest today, a spokesman for Amazon UK provided us with the following statement:
Amazon UK has established more than 25,000 good jobs with a minimum of £ 9.50 / hour and in the London area, £ 10.50 per hour on top of training opportunities for benefits and leading skills training.
All of our sites are safe places to work and reports on the contrary are simply wrong. According to the Health and Safety Director of the UK government, the Amazon suffers from an average of 40% less injuries than other transport and storage companies in the UK. We encourage everyone to compare our wages, benefits, and working conditions with others, and recognize yourself on one of our public tours every day in our centers throughout the UK uk.amazonfctours.com.
The spokesman refused to answer additional questions.
in a OctoberAnd face height Political pressure on its soil After Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced legislation aimed at low rates of coal wages in the Amazon trade, the e-commerce giant said it would raise the minimum wage for American workers to $ 15 an hour. This change took effect at the beginning of this month.
In another change to her declared business yesterday, Before the spending party kicked off on Black Friday, Amazon reflected a change in Australia's tax law earlier this year when it closed its US shopper shop in the country to avoid paying a 10 percent tax. Capsule that has been shown to be unpopular with customers.