Amazon's European warehouse workers are going on strike to protest Black Friday and the company's alleged mistreatment of its employees. To get the CEO to understand they released a video telling him "we are not robots" in 5 langauges. Bernie Sanders, who introduced the Stop Bezos Act - named after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - that would impose an additional tax on major corporations whose workers used public assistance. Meanwhile, Amazon refuted all these claims and said that it is a fair and responsible employer with positive and safe working conditions.
GMB General Secretary Tim Roache took to the union's website to issue a statement, claiming that workers are "breaking bones, being knocked unconscious and being taken away in ambulances".
It seems that workers have deliberately timed the strike on "Black Friday" in a desperate bid to make their strike successful.
They added that others branches like in Britain have called ambulances over 115 times in the last three years. Due to this, it's easy to forget the hard workers behind the scenes making timely shipping possible, resulting in Amazon's European staff protesting the firm's treatment across the holiday period.
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Peak sales in Europe accounted for "Black Friday" and "cyber Monday". People with kids, homes, bills to pay - they're not robots. The union has been demanding for years that Amazon should come to terms on a collective bargaining agreement with staffers, paying them according to the retail and mail-order tariff, which the company has rejected. The effort comes as the company faces heightened scrutiny over its decision to locate two new United States offices in northern Virginia and NY after encouraging dozens of metropolitan leaders to compete with one another for the company's favor.
A source at Spanish union CCOO, which helped coordinate the strikes, told Business Insider that Amazon "wanted to send the police inside the warehouse to push people to work".
The demonstrations are taking place outside five fulfillment centers in the country, put together by off-shift workers and British trade union GMB. Amazon has invested over 27 billion euros [$30.6 billion] and created over 75,000 permanent jobs across Europe since 2010.