Amazon was anticipated to see strikes in almost 20 warehouses in Europe, worker walkouts in the USA and protests in additional than 40 international locations — all on its busiest purchasing day of the 12 months, Black Friday.
One of the protests passed off outside of Jeff Bezos’ Manhattan penthouse house on Fifth Avenue, late Friday morning.
That is the third 12 months for the worldwide Amazon Black Friday strike, Make Amazon Pay, which is organized by UNI World Union and Progressive Worldwide, together with greater than 80 commerce unions and advocacy teams together with Oxfam, 350.org and Greenpeace.
In Friday’s job actions and demonstrations, they known as on Amazon to pay fairer wages, create safer working situations, give workers extra enter into insurance policies, present extra job safety and permit workers to unionize. Their calls for additionally embrace Amazon paying extra in taxes and committing to motion on local weather change and sustainability. Amazon’s carbon footprint jumped by nearly 20% final 12 months, based on the corporate’s sustainability report. The protesters and workers need the e-commerce firm to decide to zero emissions by the top of the last decade.
“No matter where Amazon operates anywhere in the world, the conditions and the existential threat are the same, and that’s why workers everywhere are standing up and demonstrating and striking today,” Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Division Retailer Union mentioned “We need to let the world know that Amazon needs to change.”
The corporate was accountable for producing almost 600 tens of millions kilos of plastic waste for packaging from billions of packages delivered throughout 2020, based on an Oceana report That represented a rise of almost 30% in comparison with 2019 estimates, the report mentioned. About 24 million kilos of waste entered waterways and seas – the equal of dumping a supply van full of plastic into the ocean nearly hourly — based on the report.
“While we are not perfect in any area, if you objectively look at what Amazon is doing in each one of these areas you’ll see that we do take our role and our impact very seriously,” Amazon wrote in a press release despatched to a number of media shops. “We are inventing and investing significantly in all these areas, playing a significant 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.”
Whereas warehouse and transportation workers obtained a $1 improve to their hourly pay in September, bringing it to $19, Amazon’s minimal wage for hourly workers nonetheless stays $15.
“Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season around the world. And it’s the day when people begin looking for what they’re going to get for the holidays,” Appelbaum mentioned. “We thought today is the day that people should realize the consequences of the decisions they make and the decisions that Amazon makes.”