Amazon employees around the world were called on to strike this Friday, particularly in the United States, Germany and France, on the occasion of “Black Friday,” one of the peaks of activity for the e-commerce giant.
Mobilization actions and strikes are planned in more than thirty countries, according to the collective behind this call ‘Make Amazon Pay’, which in particular demands that the American group pay its employees fairly and refrain from ‘Tax optimization’. “This is the first time Amazon has faced calls for an international strike”said Monika Di Silvestre, representative of the Verdi union at Amazon. “It’s very important, because you can’t just antagonize a big multinational like Amazon on a local, regional or national level”she added.
The Verdi trade union has announced that work stoppages are planned in ten of the group’s logistics centers in Germany, to demand the application of collective agreements for distribution and mail order sales and the conclusion of additional agreements to improve working conditions. The group said on Friday that the vast majority of its workers in Germany were working normally, with only nine of the country’s 20 logistics centers affected by the strike movement. “As an employer, Amazon offers excellent salaries, fringe benefits and development opportunities, all in an attractive and safe working environment”, said an Amazon spokesperson in Germany. A spokeswoman for the group in France clarified that no disruption to activity had been observed at this stage in Amazon’s eight distribution centers in France.