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Amazon workers in US and 30 other countries plan Black Friday protests

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Amazon workers and labor activists in about 30 countries, including the United States, plan to quit their jobs on Friday and hold other protests to demand better wages and working conditions.

Campaigns that each organization is developing on Twitter with hashtags #MakeAmazonPaywill coincide with Black Friday, an important shopping day for Amazon and other retailers.

As part of the protest, Amazon employees at the company’s warehouse in St. Peters, Missouri, are scheduled to stop work on Friday.

Labor actions are also planned at Amazon-owned Whole Foods stores and elsewhere in Bessemer, Alabama. Columbia, Maryland. Detroit, Michigan. Durham, North Carolina. Garner, North Carolina. Joliet, Illinois. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Portland, Oregon. and Washington DC

Amazon workers and activists will also gather in front of a mansion owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in New York City on Friday, Athena said.

“On Black Friday, already dubbed #MakeAmazonPay Day, unions, civil society and progressively elected officials stand shoulder-to-shoulder in Amazon’s despicable numbers killing worker-led union efforts. Marking a day of massive global action to condemn the million dollar campaign, Christie Hoffman, general secretary of UNI Global Union, the group spearheading the protests, said in a statement. It’s time for giants to end their egregious and dangerous practices immediately, respect the law and negotiate with workers who want to do their jobs better.”

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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According to UNI Global Union, countries where Amazon has faced strikes or protests include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom

Monika di Silvestre, an official at the German labor group Ver.di, which helps organize the #MakeAmazonPay campaign, said: bloomberg Employees are particularly interested in Amazon’s use of computers to monitor productivity.

“Workers are under a lot of pressure with these algorithms,” she said. “It doesn’t distinguish workers whether they’re elderly or have limited mobility. Workers stay up at night just thinking about productivity statistics.”

Nearly half of all injuries recorded in US warehouses in 2021 occurred in the Amazonaccording to the Center for Strategic Organization, a coalition of unions.

According to a Strategic Organizing Center (SOC) report, “Amazon employed one-third of all warehouse workers in the United States, but was responsible for almost half (49%) of all injuries in the warehouse industry. was there.”

Amazon has previously defended its safety record and denied high injury rates at its warehouses.


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The company faces mounting pressure from workers to form unions in the United States.Earlier this year, a warehouse on Staten Island in New York City Became the first Amazon fulfillment center to be organized, and other facilities have also applied for collective bargaining rights.Most recently, an Amazon warehouse worker in upstate New York voted against unionization.

A federal judge told Amazon last week stop retaliation Oppose employees participating in workplace activities. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board, which said he sued Amazon in March and was involved in the cleanup of the company’s Staten Island warehouse, where he was fired. I requested the reinstatement of the employee.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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