Striking Amazon in its Prime
Amazon may be pushing its Prime Day sale promo all over the Internet, all around the world, but its workers really aren’t supporting the initiative. In Germany, six locations are on strike over the company’s lack of health benefits, while in Spain, unions want members to stop work for three days over contracts and salaries, while a group called Amazon En Lucha organised a walkout at a fulfilment centre outside Madrid.
There are also worker protests in Italy, Poland, France and the UK as employees demand contracts supporting safe working conditions.
In the UK, there are reports that ambulances have been called out to Amazon’s UK warehouses 600 times in the past three years.
In Germany, Stefanie Nutzenberger, retail rep for union ver.di, says “The message is clear - while the online giant gets rich, it is saving money on the health of its workers”.
And in the US, Amazon is one most-dangerous places to work in the US, according to a National Council for Occupational Safety and Health report. The organisation reported seven workers killed at warehouses since 2013, including three within five weeks in 2017.