Amazon Hit By Walkouts And Black Friday Protests

Protesters across Europe are upset with Amazon over wages, robots, and the environmental impact of 1-day delivery.

The BBC reports Amazon Protests Erupt Across

Germany

  • Workers at six Amazon distribution centres in Germany have staged a Black Friday walkout in a dispute over pay and conditions. The union Verdi, which called the strike, said its members' hard work could not be bought for "knock-down prices".
  • German workers walked out overnight at Amazon centres in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Koblenz, Rheinberg, Werne and Graben. The strike is due to last all weekend, with employees at some centres staying away until early Tuesday morning.

France

  • At the online retailer's depot in Bretigny-sur-Orge, south of Paris, dozens of climate change activists blocked the path of lorries trying to enter the site.
  • Other protesters converged on Amazon's French headquarters in Clichy, north of Paris. The activists held banners with slogans including "Stop Amazon and its world" and "Amazon: for the climate, for employment, stop expanding, stop overproduction".

Ban Black Friday

  1. An "anti-waste" bill was amended to include a proposal to prohibit Black Friday by a French legislative committee on Monday. France's former Environment Minister Delphine Batho tabled the amendment, which will be debated next month in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.
  2. "Black Friday celebrates a model of consumption that is anti-ecological and anti-social," said MP Mattieu Orphelin, a former member of President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party.
  3. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is considering implementing new regulations to protect the climate, including a tax on deliveries to ease traffic jams and pollution caused by Amazon and other companies.
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Craig Newman 1 year ago Member's comment

Get back to work and get me my Black Friday orders delivered already! ;-) $AMZN

John Franko 1 year ago Member's comment

#Amazon works its warehouse workers to death. That's how we get products so cheap. It's disgraceful. I'd complain about this more but I need to go place some Amazon Black Friday orders.