Thursday, May 19 2022

  • Amazon employees in 20 countries are preparing to strike on Black Friday as part of the “Make Amazon Pay” campaign.
  • The campaign includes a coalition of 70 organizations, including Greenpeace, Oxfam and Amazon Workers International.
  • The protests come amid growing dissent from Amazon employees over working conditions and the fight against unions.

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Amazon workers around the world prepare to strike

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with the aim of improving working conditions and holding senior managers to account.

Workers and activists from more than 20 countries are expected to protest as part of a campaign led by “Make Amazon Pay”, a coalition of 70 unions and organizations including Greenpeace, Oxfam and Amazon Workers International.

Individuals everywhere “from oil refineries, to factories, to warehouses, to data centers, to corporate offices” are expected to attend the Nov. 26 event, according to the campaign.

“The pandemic has revealed how Amazon puts profits before workers, society and our planet,” Make Amazon Pay wrote in a list of demands shared on its website. “Amazon takes too much and returns too little. It’s time to make Amazon pay.”

The protests come amid growing dissent from Amazon employees over working conditions, including long hours, low wages, and complex performance appraisal systems. Make Amazon Pay’s demands include increased wages, better job security and “the suspension of the harsh productivity and surveillance regime that Amazon has used to squeeze workers.”

The coalition also calls for a “payback to society” that includes increased sustainability efforts, increased transparency over data and privacy, and an end to partnerships with police and immigration authorities who are “institutionally” racist “.

“Amazon is not alone in these bad practices, but it is at the heart of a failing system that leads to the inequalities, climate degradation and democratic decline that mark our time,” Make Amazon Pay wrote in its requests.

In a statement, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel told Insider that the company is “significantly inventing and investing” in several of the categories addressed by the campaign, including climate efforts, such as commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and strives to improve competitiveness. Salaries and benefits.

“These groups represent a variety of interests, and while we are not perfect in any area, if you take a hard look at what Amazon is doing in each of these areas, you will see that we take our role and impact very seriously,” said Nantel.

The rise of Make Amazon Pay also follows strong pressure for unionization across the company, including most recently at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island that called for a union vote last month. The e-commerce giant was embroiled in controversy earlier this year after reports surfaced that it was involved in anti-union tactics that could have thwarted a vote at an Alabama warehouse.

As part of the Make Amazon Pay effort, the campaign also accused Amazon of dodging taxes. According to a ProPublica report released in June, its founder Jeff Bezos paid no income tax between 2006 and 2018. He is currently the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 210.7 billion.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon grew into a trillion dollar business, with Bezos becoming the first person in history to raise $ 200 billion in personal wealth,” Make Amazon Pay wrote on its website . “Meanwhile, Amazon warehouse workers risked their lives as essential workers and only received a brief pay rise. “

Make Amazon Pay was first established in 2020 and has since contributed to a spate of strikes and protests against company policies, particularly as unrest escalated during the pandemic.

Amazon’s wealth grew so much during the pandemic that its owners could pay all of its 1.3 million employees a COVID bonus of $ 690,000 and still be as rich as they were in 2020 “, states a video on the Make Amazon Pay website.


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