Black Friday: Amazon Workers Embark On Strike

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An early statement from British union GMB said hundreds were expected to strike at five locations across the U.K. Friday to protest "inhuman conditions" at Amazon warehouses.

'What we're saying is Jeff Bezos, you're the richest man in the world, you have the wealth and ability to make sure your workers are treated with respect and dignity, ' Rix said.

Although, when asked about strikes at its facilities in these countries, Amazon claimed: "Our European Fulfilment Network is fully operational and we continue to focus on delivering for our customers".

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.

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UNI Global, the trade union helping coordinate the walkout, said roughly 2,400 workers were on strike in Europe, but people on the ground are reporting higher numbers of protesters.

"All of our sites are safe places to work and reports to the contrary are simply wrong".

While Black Friday discounts have traditionally been a us retail event, companies have increasingly been offering discounts in other countries too.

Germany's Verdi services union had called for Amazon workers to strike for 24 hours until midnight on Friday, demanding better pay and labor contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions. Ahead of tomorrow's protest at Amazon Rugeley, I'm calling on the company to sit down with @GMB_union to talk about union recognition and decent conditions for Amazon workers. "They are breaking bones, being knocked unconscious and being taken away in ambulances", Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said in a statement. "In reality, they treat us like disposable parts".

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Eduardo Hernandez, a 38-year-old employee at an Amazon logistics depot in Madrid, Spain-where about 90 percent of staff walked off the job-toldthe Associated Press that the action was intentionally scheduled on the popular shopping day to negatively impacting the company's profits. These are people making Amazon its money.

Thousands of Amazon employees are on strike across europe, they claim that the company isnt treating them well, with reports stating the managers sometimes have to pack boxes to meet the demand.

Employees want a labour agreement that would better overtime pay, for instance.

"We always work with public authorities, including the police, to ensure the safety of our people and our operations", the spokesperson said. Amazon has invested over 27 billion euros [$30.6 billion] and created over 75,000 permanent jobs across Europe since 2010.

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