Amazon employees across the world have banded along during a series of coordinated Black Friday protests over workers’ rights and environmental justice
Using the hashtag #MakeAmazonPay, staff in 15 countries, as well as the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and Bangladesh, are calling on the e-commerce large to boost wages, end union-busting, stop circumventing tax laws, rehire staff discharged after they complained concerning workplace safety and pledge to achieve zero emissions by the year 2030, according to FOXBusiness
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The strikes coincide with one of the retailer’s biggest sales events of the year, and a statement sent to Amazon by 39 organizations known as out the trillion-dollar corporation’s founder Jeff Bezos for his personal wealth.
They declared that while Bezos’ bank account was overflowing, Amazon warehouse staff were risking their lives.
“Like all major companies, Amazon’s success would be not possible without the general public establishments that voters built along over generations,” the statement reads. “But rather than giving back to the societies that helped it grow, the corporation starves them of tax revenue through its world-beating efforts at tax dodging.”
Some 50 social justice organizations, as well as Greenpeace, Oxfam, and Amazon staff for Climate Justice backed the initiative.
Thousands are hanging at facilities in Germany, members of environmental teams are demonstrating in Luxembourg, and Amazon Ring center staff who reportedly face “subhuman” conditions are holding a virtual protest, according to Vice News.
In the U.S., staff can gather at Amazon’s Virginia and Seattle headquarters.
As Engadget reported on Friday, similar strikes have taken place over the last many years.
In a statement, Amazon told Business insider the demonstrations were supported a “series of dishonest assertions by misinformed or self-interested teams who are using Amazon’s profile to more of their individual causes.”
On Thursday, the corporate proclaimed during a blog post that it might give a total of $500 million in vacation bonuses to front-line employees.