‘make amazon pay’ black friday workers’ strikes planned in 30 countries
A massive workers’ strike has been planned in 30 countries. Amazon workers will hold strikes and protests on Black Friday in more than 30 countries on 24 November. The ‘Make Amazon Pay’ workers’ strike has been co-organised by UNI Global Union and Progressive International.
‘Make Amazon Pay’ Black Friday workers’ strikes aim to support hundreds of thousands of Amazon workers. The workers’ strike coincides with this year’s Black Friday. Amazon workers will demand better wages from the company.
The details of the workers’ strike were finalized at a summit in Manchester, a major city in the northwest of England, on 27 October, at the first Make Amazon Pay summit of trade unionists and political leaders.
Bernie Sanders, United States Senator, Spain’s second deputy prime minister, Yolanda Diaz, and the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Paul Nowak, encouraged all the Amazon workers to participate in workers’ strike for “the global fight for their rights.”
‘Make Amazon Pay’ Black Friday Workers’ Strike
Some United Kingdom workers will be striking between November 7 and 9 as well as Black Friday. In the United States, the workers’ strike will take place in Bessemer, Alabama; Columbia, Maryland; Detroit, Michigan; Durham, North Carolina; Garner, North Carolina; Joliet, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, D.C.
‘Make Amazon Pay’ Black Friday workers’ strike will also take place in Germany, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Amazon workers will demand an increase in their salaries and an improved work-life balance. US senator Bernie Sanders said, “No company is a better poster child for the corporate greed and arrogance that we are seeing in the US, the UK and throughout the world than Amazon.”
Last year, an Amazon workers strike was held amid allegations of crackdown on unionization activities. Amazon workers stepped up pressure on the world’s largest retailer with strikes and protests aimed at improving working conditions and wages as the company fend off unionization efforts.
Last year, Progressive International organized more than 135 strikes and protests across 35 countries on Black Friday.