Amazon Workers Protest Across Europe on Black Friday

Amazon workers in Europe are protesting over inhumane working conditions where people are expected to perform like robots. It is the latest in a series of worker actions this year. The Black Friday protests are reported to have taken place in the UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy.

The Spanish paper El Diaro reported that workers at Amazon’s biggest facility in the country we’re on strike. Unions say 85 to 90 percent of workers were participating in the strike. Workers striking in San Fernando, Madrid, this morning chanted, “We will not accept discounts to our rights.”

In the UK, workers started demonstrating outside company warehouses in the early hours of the morning. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported the strikes were impacting business and managers were having to step in and package items to deal with demand.

French paper also reports warehouse workers striking, and a union representing Amazon logistics workers calling for a national strike.

The German union Verdi reports that 1,000 workers were participating in the walkout: the Bad Hersfeld and Rheinberg facilities. Germany’s Verdi services union had called for Amazon workers to strike for 24 hours until midnight on Friday, demanding better pay and labor contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions.

 

 

Photo: “Amazon España por dentro” by Álvaro Ibáñez is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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