Amazon workers held strikes across Europe on Black Friday

Amazon warehouse workers are striking across Europe on Black Friday

Protests held at five locations across Britain were spearheaded by the GMB Union. Even as retailers across the globe are giving heavy discounts and Amazon as other retailers are poring money into advertising, so as to get customers to purchase in massive volumes, this strike could potentially affect deliveries and orders.

But in a statement, Amazon said "the majority of workers on the morning shift" were working and processing orders.

As Americans scoured the internet in search of shopping deals on Friday, Amazon.com warehouse workers in Europe were protesting the e-commerce giant - in some cases walking off the job to highlight what they said were unsafe working conditions and low pay.

Amazon on Friday found itself swatting down reports that it tried to recruit local police to put down a Black Friday strike in Spain.

"All of our sites are safe places to work and reports to the contrary are simply wrong", Amazon said.

Still, a group of Somali workers at Amazon's Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfillment center plan to protest December 14 following issues over workplace conditions and religious accommodations. They allege that the world's biggest online retail company is treating them like "robots" and not humans. The UK protests were dubbed "Amazon, we're not robots". The group says it expects hundreds of employees to take part.




"Working people and the communities Amazon operates in deserve better than this".

Amazon said in a statement that its distribution network is all systems go on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Germans are expected to buy about 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) worth of goods on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, an increase of about 15 percent over past year. "That's what we're campaigning for", Roache continues.

Amazon has reportedly disputed that number, stating that most employees did indeed show up as scheduled.

"Amazon has invested over 27 billion euros and created over 75,000 permanent jobs across Europe since 2010".

'These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs, ' the company said. "We provide safe and positive working conditions, and encourage anyone to come see for themselves by taking a tour at one of our fulfillment centers". According to the UK Government's Health and Safety Executive, Amazon has over 40 per cent fewer injuries on average than other transportation and warehousing companies in the UK.

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