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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 12:42 PM

Amazon workers plan Black Friday strikes

Source: BBC



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. No UK Amazon warehouses are unionised, so many employees will be working on the day, with the campaign groups staging protests at Amazon buildings in Coalville, Leicestershire, Coventry, Peterborough and at its London headquarters.

But strikes are being encouraged elsewhere. In Germany, for example, the union Verdi called on employees at major shipping centres to strike, beginning on Wednesday night. Worldwide, nearly 50 organisations have signed up to a list of "common demands", published by the Make Amazon Pay coalition, which include:

- raising warehouse workers' pay and adding hazard pay and peak time increments
- halting worker "surveillance" and strict productivity targets
- extending sick leave and improving Covid-19 tracking and reporting
- ending casual employment status and "union-busting" activities
- paying taxes without using loopholes or tax havens

"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. " Amazon reported a tripling of profits earlier this year, attributed to its success during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-59419572

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NurseJackie Nov 25 #1
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MichMan Nov 25 #2
SmittyWerben Nov 25 #3
mahatmakanejeeves Nov 25 #4
3Hotdogs Nov 25 #7

Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 12:44 PM

1. One day only?

It will be as effective as the "don't buy gasoline on Tuesday" boycott. Nobody cared because everyone who participated would fill-up on Wednesday anyway.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:19 PM

5. Similar vibe: companies that make a big thing about closing on Thanksgiving

and then open at 12:01am on Friday.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:36 PM

6. That too!

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 01:02 PM

2. How is this a serious demand?

- paying taxes without using loopholes or tax havens

One person's "loophole" is another's legal deduction

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Response to MichMan (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 01:46 PM

3. Bingo

It is professional malfeasance to not take whatever tax breaks are available. The problem is that those tax breaks are available at all. This is not a corporate problem, it is a government problem. I remember having a discussion with my wife, an accountant, during the Romney run in 2012 that he was claiming to pay more taxes than he needed to. That was stupid. I am sure after the election he had his accountants file an amended return to recoup what he had overpaid. The real problem was that the tax rate he was supposed to pay was only 12.5% if I remember correctly and he paid 14% or there about. Ridiculous. Don't let the government and it's legislators off the hook for the tax benefits they give to the very wealthy.

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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 03:10 PM

4. Meet Amazon's new employee of the month, "Spot."



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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 08:37 PM

7. WOW !

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