Amazon is set to face new struggles with labor unions this week as its staff around the world prepare to demonstrate against the company on one of the poorest days of the calendar year.
The coordinated action, which comes as part of a movement called “Paying Amazon,” is organized by 80 trade unions, environmental activism groups, tax watchers and other organizations, and will see strikes and protests held in nearly 40 countries.
The coalition demands that Amazon “pay its workers fairly and respect their right to join unions, pay their fair share of taxes and commit to true environmental sustainability.”
Announcing on Thursday that its members would hold strikes and protests on Black Friday (Nov. 25), the group accused the tech giant of “squeezing every last drop it can from workers, communities and the planet .”
Workers in France, Germany, US, India and Japan will hold strikes, walkouts and protests, while activists in Ireland and South Africa will hold demonstrations at Amazon headquarters in their respective countries. Other actions will also be held in additional countries.
“As workers around the world struggle with the cost of living scandal, Amazon, despite its huge profits, is forcing real-terms wage cuts on its workers,” said Daniel Kopp, one of the coordinator of Make Amazon Pay in a statement on Thursday.
“It avoids taxes, and CO2 emissions are rising. In the face of the cost of living scandal, the global debt crisis and the climate emergency, we are coming together to pay Amazon.”
Nazma Akhter, president of the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation of Bangladesh—which represents garment workers in Amazon’s supply chain and will march on Black Friday for union recognition, higher wages and better conditions—said that Thursday that members of the organization “work hard to grow Amazon’s coffers often for nothing.” acknowledge that we are Amazon employees. “
He added that Bangladesh is “at the forefront of climate destruction” and wants to see Amazon pay all its workers a decent wage and take responsibility for the environmental damage it causes.
‘We’re not perfect,’ says Amazon
An Amazon spokesperson said luck on Thursday that it is working to address issues raised by Make Amazon Pay, which the company said “represents various interests.”
“While we are not perfect in any area, if you look at what Amazon is doing with these important things you will see that we take our role and our impact very seriously,” they said.
“We are innovating and investing heavily in all these areas, playing a key role in addressing climate change with the Climate Pledge commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040, continuing to offer competitive wages and great benefits, and inventing new ways to keep our employees safe and healthy in our operational network, to name just a few.”
The spokesperson added that “anyone can see [this] for themselves by touring one of our sites.”
Make Amazon Pay’s plans for Black Friday the latest in a series of events that show growing unrest among the company’s workers.
Japanese Amazon drivers, meanwhile, have a union to rebel against the AI’s unrealistic delivery routes that don’t mention rivers, railroads, or narrow roads.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which fall on November 28 this year, are the busiest dates of the year in retail, with Amazon recording a record-breaking Black Friday sale in 2021.
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