Amazon workers plan Black Friday strikes

Amazon workers plan Black Friday strikes

Nov 25, 2021 by BBC News - Technology

Key Facts

  • Amazon workers in 20 countries - including the US, UK, and several in the EU - are planning protests and work stoppages on Black Friday.
  • In the UK, that includes the: GMB Union Trades Union Congress Momentum War on Want International Transport Workers' Federation Labour Behind the Label No UK Amazon warehouses are unionised, so many employees will be working on the day, with the campaign groups staging protests at Amazon buildings in Coalville, Leicestershire, Coventry, Peterborough and at its London headquarters.
  • Worldwide, nearly 50 organisations have signed up to a list of "common demands", published by the Make Amazon Pay coalition, which include: raising warehouse workers' pay and adding hazard pay and peak time increments halting worker "surveillance" and strict productivity targets extending sick leave and improving Covid-19 tracking and reporting ending casual employment status and "union-busting" activities * paying taxes without using loopholes or tax havens "This company is a pandemic profiteer can afford to do better," said Mick Rix, from the GMB Union.
  • "It's time for Amazon to pay fair wages, fair taxes, and for its impact on the planet."

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