Amazon workers and labor activists in nearly 30 countries, including the U.S., plan to walk off the job and hold other protests Friday to demand better pay and working conditions.
campaign, which groups are promoting on Twitter under the hashtag #MakeAmazonPayis timed to coincide with Black Friday, a major shopping day for Amazon and other retailers.
As part of the protests, Amazon employees plan to stop work Friday at a company warehouse in St. Peters, Missouri, according to Athena, a local and national group pushing for workers’ rights at the e-commerce company. Alliances of groups.
Labor actions are also planned at Whole Foods stores, which are owned by Amazon, and other locations in Bessemer, Alabama. Columbia, Maryland; Detroit, Michigan; Durham, North Carolina; Garner, North Carolina; Joliet, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, DC
On Friday, Amazon workers and activists will rally in front of a residence owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in New York City, Athena said.
“On Black Friday, already dubbed #MakeAmazonPay Day, unions, civil society and progressive elected officials will stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a massive global day to end worker-led union efforts. to condemn Amazon’s hateful multimillion-dollar campaigns for . Stop your horrible, unsafe practices immediately, respect the law and talk to workers who want to improve their jobs.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to UNI Global Union, the countries where Amazon will face strikes and protests include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey and United Kingdom
Monika di Silvestre, an official with the German labor group Ver.di, which helped organize the #MakeAmazonPay campaign, said: Bloomberg that workers are particularly concerned about Amazon’s use of computers to monitor their productivity;
“Workers are under a lot of pressure with these algorithms,” he said. “It doesn’t differentiate between workers, whether they are elderly or have limited mobility. Workers lie awake at night thinking only about their productivity statistics.”
Nearly half of all injuries recorded in US warehouses in 2021According to the Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of unions.
According to the Strategic Organizing Center (SOC) report, “Amazon employs one-third of all warehouse workers in the U.S., but it accounts for nearly half (49%) of all injuries in the warehouse industry. was responsible.”
Amazon has previously defended its safety record and denied that the company’s warehouses have high injury rates.
The company is facing increasing pressure from unionizing workers in the US. Earlier this year, a warehouse on Staten Island in New York City, and other utilities have also filed for collective bargaining rights. Recently, workers at an Amazon warehouse in upstate New York .
A federal judge ordered Amazon last week. Stop taking revenge Against employees participating in workplace activity. The decision comes in a lawsuit brought by the National Labor Relations Board, which sued Amazon in March seeking reinstatement of a fired employee involved in managing the company’s Staten Island warehouse. was
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.