Amazon could be in a bad spotweekend. Employees of the online retail giant want better pay and improvements in the workplace, and for the company to be more proactive on issues such as , otherwise they’ll go on strike during the biggest buying time of the year
Make Amazon Pay is a coalition of workers and labor organizations calling for a strike by Amazon employees in all company operations, such as data centers, factories and warehouses. They have scheduled a work stoppage for Black Friday in 20 countries including India, Germany, the Netherlands, France and the United States. Amazon warehouses in the UK are not unionized, the BBC noted, so workers cannot legally strike.
“The pandemic has revealed how Amazon puts profits before workers, society and our planet,” the coalition said in its demands document. “Amazon takes too much and returns too little. It’s time to make Amazon pay. “
The group’s demands are divided into five categories: workplace improvement, job security, respect for workers’ rights, sustainable operations and return on investment for the company. Improvements in the workplace include improving wages, adding a risk premium, providing adequate break time, extending paid sick leave and disclosureprotocols.
For job security, the group wants an end to forms of casual employment and subcontractors while at the same time. Respect for workers’ rights mainly focuses on allowing employees to form a union and Amazon not to engage in anti-union tactics. The group is also calling on the retail giant to recognize climate change, reduce its emissions to zero and pay its taxes.
Apart from the actions of Make Amazon Pay, environmental group Extinction Rebellion has blocked entrances to several Amazon distribution centers in the UK, the BBC reported, including its largest in the Scottish town of Dunfermline. Police arrested five people during a protest in Dartford, east London.
Amazon says it has already made progress on those requests.
“These groups represent a variety of interests, and while we’re not perfect in any area, if you take an objective look at what Amazon is doing in each of these areas, you’ll see that we take our role and impact very seriously,” Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said in a statement Wednesday.
There was a similar call for alast year, after during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, in this facility.
Extinction Rebellion did not immediately respond to a request for comment.