Today, In countries across Europe, Amazon workers have taken the roads over the companies Poor warehouse working conditions, the strikes are taking place in the countries, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France.
An investigation by GMB - the union for Amazon workers - claimed workers don't have time to go to the toilet and work in "dangerous" conditions. This #BlackFriday Amazon workers worldwide have come together with one message for billionaire Jeff Bezos.
In Spain's unions, reports state that 1,600 employees are striking today, while in the United Kingdom the protestors along with part-time amazon workers began to strike in the early morning hours.
Amazon on Friday found itself swatting down reports that it tried to recruit local police to put down a Black Friday strike in Spain. "Any reports to the contrary are simply wrong", said an Amazon spokesperson in a statement to Mashable.More news: Washington Under Pressure to Ease North Korean Sanctions
Although the Black Friday shopping frenzy is closely linked to Thanksgiving in the United States, retailers have increasingly begun to offer the same deep discounts to global audiences.
Organizers of the protests in the United Kingdom on Thursday stated that the goal of the strike is not to disrupt any of the businesses sales but to raise awareness of the poor conditions workers are living in. We're standing up and saying enough is enough, these are people making Amazon its money. The protesters claim the company treats them like "robots", citing bad safety record and low wages. "We are not robots", the strikers are proclaiming. And in Spain, one employee told The Associated Press that the walkout was deliberately timed for "one of the days that Amazon has most sales". "That's what we're campaigning for", Roache continues. 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 a year ago. "To us, it seems like the company only pretends to care".
"We are a fair and responsible employer".
Germany's Verdi services union had called for Amazon workers to strike for 24 hours until midnight on Friday, demanding better pay and labour contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions. The company has invested 27 billion euros and created more than 75,000 permanent jobs in Europe since 2010, it said in an email. These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs like Career Choice that pre-pays 95% of tuition for associates.