Amazon.com Inc. employees in Europe protested against warehouse working conditions, using the slogan ‘we are not robots,’ in another test for the world’s biggest online retailer heading into its busiest business season.
Employees in Germany, Spain, and France strolled off the job at Amazon fulfilment centres on Black Friday, one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. In Italy and the U.K., workers protested at a few offices, as indicated by Bloomberg Law.
As per UNI Global Union, around 600 German employees of the organization’s Bad Hersfeld office left Friday morning local time. In Spain, workers at Amazon’s Madrid-area San Fernando de Henares office arranged a two-day strike Friday and Saturday. That office utilizes 1,800 workers and the last day that they were on a strike was during Amazon Prime Day, another major shopping day for the company in May.
Around 500 labourers in the U.K. shown at five Amazon warehouses, as indicated by the GMB association. Enrollment in the union among Amazon workers is small, national officer Mick Rix said. Pictures via social media demonstrated small gatherings of individuals with banners from the union.
Rix said, “What we’re saying is Jeff Bezos, you’re the richest man in the world, you have the wealth and ability to make sure your workers are treated with respect and dignity. You as the wealthiest man in the world would prefer to spend your wealth on space travel rather than on the people who create your wealth.”
Germany and the U.K. are among Amazon's biggest international markets, representing more than $27 billion in sales in 2017. Germans are relied upon to purchase about 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) worth of products on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, an expansion of around 15 per cent over a year ago. Amazon did not disclose sales totals for Spain.
Not long ago, the company said it erroneously shared client information to undisclosed parties, a privacy blunder heading into the key holiday shopping period.
Amazon said on Friday that the demonstrations in Europe did not disturb operations and questioned the dimension of protest participation asserted by a few unions. The organization has contributed 27 billion euros and made in excess of 75,000 permanent jobs in Europe since 2010.
The company said, “These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs. We provide safe and positive working conditions, and encourage anyone to come to see for themselves by taking a tour at one of our fulfilment centres.”
Amazon has turned into a symbol of wealth inequality and disparity and corporate welfare in the U.S. since a considerable lot of its warehouse workers get government help for essential
needs like food and healthcare, despite the fact that it is one of the world's most profitable organizations run by Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, the world's wealthiest man. The company endeavoured to address the criticism in October by declaring all U.S. warehouse workers would be paid at least $15 per hour, however, the company likewise eliminated some employees’ honours and rewards.
Amazon faces employee backlashes in Europe all the more much of the time because of the greater involvement of unions. None of Amazon's U.S. warehouse workers is represented by unions.
All things considered, a gathering of Somali workers at Amazon's Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfilment centre intend to protest Dec. 14 following issues over work environment conditions and religious facilities. Employees at Whole Foods, which is owned by Amazon, have as of late started discusses arranging over multiple stores, however, there still can't seem to be a vote, as indicated by Bloomberg Law.