Amazon workers in 20 countries including the US, UK, and several in the EU – are planning protests and work stoppages on Black Friday. The shopping-centric day is among Amazon’s busiest all year. The Make Amazon Pay group says: “Amazon takes too much and gives back too little.”
It is backed by a coalition of labour groups, trade unions, grassroots campaigns and non-profit-making organisations in individual countries.
In the UK, that includes the GMB Union, Trades Union Congress, Momentum, War on Want, International Transport Workers’ Federation and Labour Behind the Label.
Many employees will be working on the day, but campaign groups which include Amazon workers will be staging protests at Amazon buildings in Coalville, Leicestershire, Coventry, Peterborough and at its London headquarters.
But strikes are being encouraged elsewhere. “This company is a pandemic profiteer can afford to do better,” said Mick Rix, from the GMB Union. “It’s time for Amazon sit down with their workers’ union GMB and make Amazon a great, safe place to work. “