Amazon Prime Day Rolls, Employees Walked Out
Shoppers might cross a digital picket line during Amazon Prime Day, one of the biggest sales days of the year. The picket line was due to Amazon workers in Minnesota and Germany. And they are striking in objection of working conditions and wage practices, while Prime Day kicked off.
In the past few years, people in Europe staged several protests during sale days. On the other hand, the action in Minnesota is the first-ever strike of workers in the U.S. throughout the company’s annual Prime Day event. For this reason, this might mean that Amazon’s additional $15 in its minimum wage is not enough to please workers needs.
According to Coresight Research, Amazon Prime Day this year can bring in as high as $5.8 billion in sales worldwide. And the firm reported last year its consumers globally bought as much as 100 million products. Aside from that, this is the company’s first time holding the midsummer sales after its announcement in June to offer one-day shipping on selected items for Prime members.
William Stolz stated, “Amazon has the means to do so much more for all of its employees.”
Then Stolz added, “We would like to see less physically and mentally draining jobs.”
Fulfillment Center Workers
Workers in Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center started walking out at 3 p.m. ET Monday. And they will continue to strike for six hours, which overlaps with the morning and evening shifts.
In addition to that, around 75 workers are outside the facility shouting, “Amazon, hear our voice” and “We work. We sweat. Amazon workers need a rest.” Also, several employees of Seattle tech will attend the strike in solidarity.
Most of the workers in the facility in Minnesota are East African. And according to them, one of the reasons for speaking out is because Amazon has not acknowledged their religious practices. The Awood Center, an organization of advocates for Somali and East African workers, organized the strike.
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