Thousands of Amazon workers are staging strikes and walkouts this Black Friday to push the company to pay better wages and improve its climate policies.
Employees from more than 40 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and India, are taking part in the protest as part of the “Make Amazon Pay” campaign.
“It’s time for the tech giant to immediately stop its horrific and dangerous practices, uphold the law, and bargain with workers who want to do a better job,” said Christy Hoffman, one of the campaign’s organizers. at Bloomberg.
Amazon has come under scrutiny in recent years over allegations by its employees of unfair labor practices and pressure to unionize at some facilities.
Among those contributing to advocacy efforts this season are Amazon Employees for Climate Justice and Greenpeace, a global environmental organization.
In urging protesters to raise wages, they argue that Amazon paid no income tax in Europe last year.
Amazon continued to hit record revenue levels, bringing in $121 billion in the second quarter of this year.
A company spokesperson defended the company’s practices, including its commitment to supporting greener policies.
“While we are not perfect in any area, if you objectively look at what Amazon is doing on these important issues, you will see that we take our role and our impact very seriously,” said David Nieberg, head of public relations at Amazon. United Kingdom
Amazon aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
Mr. Nieberg added that the e-commerce giant “continues to offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits and to invent new ways to keep our employees safe and healthy.”