Amazon Workers Plan Black Friday Protests Worldwide

Thousands of Amazon employees around the world plan to participate in Black Friday protests and strikes, Bloomberg reported.

Workers in about 40 countries — including the US, UK, India, Japan and Australia — plan to protest on Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for online shopping, Bloomberg reported.

The workers demand better wages and working conditions in a campaign called “Make Amazon Pay”.

Groups are promoting the effort, coordinated by an international coalition of labor unions, on Twitter under the hashtag #MakeAmazonPay. Environmental and civil society groups also support the protests.

“It is time for the technology giant to immediately stop their horrible, unsafe practices, respect the law and negotiate with the employees who want to improve their work,” said Christy Hoffman, general secretary of UNI Global Union, one of the organizers of the campaign.

Unions in France and Germany are at the forefront of the latest class action, with coordinated strikes across 18 major warehouses aimed at disrupting shipments in key European markets, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon has faced complaints of unfair labor practices and industrial action at some facilities.

Employees at Staten Island, New York, achieved the first-ever labor victory at an Amazon warehouse in the US in March

“While we’re not perfect in any area, if you look objectively at what Amazon is doing on these important issues, you’ll see that we take our role and our impact very seriously,” Amazon spokesperson David Nieberg, Bloomberg reports.

On Friday, a US federal judge ordered Amazon to stop retaliating against employees involved in workplace activism in a case brought by the National Labor Relations Board (NLB).

The NLB sued Amazon in March to demand the reinstatement of a laid-off employee involved in organizing a corporate warehouse on Staten Island.

US District Judge Diane Gujarati ruled that there was “reasonable cause” to believe the e-commerce giant had engaged in unfair employment practices by firing Bryson. She issued an injunction directing the Seattle-based company not to retaliate against employees involved in workplace activism.

However, the judge rejected the agency’s request to reinstate the laid-off employee because, she said, the NLRB has provided no evidence that the employee’s termination has significant implications for the organization of workers’ efforts or the Amazon Labor Union.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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