Amazon employees are planning strikes in 20 countries on Black Friday

According to the union, workers on the German Amazon centers in Rheinberg, Koblenz and Graben are going to strike on the last Friday in November. In addition to repeated strikes in Germany, colleagues from more than 20 other countries on all continents are expected to join them this year, said the internet portal.

Amazon spokeswoman for the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, Miroslava Jozová, said she had no information that the strike would affect the Czech market. Amazon operates a distribution center in Dobrovíz near Prague, which employs about 3,000 people, another roughly 1,000 of them work in offices in the center of Prague. Before Christmas, the company hires another 2,000 seasonal workers.

“We already provide our employees with attractive working conditions, including wages, benefits and a safe working environment. No such event should affect customers if it took place, “added Jozová.

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The #MakeAmazonPay initiative seeks to highlight Amazon’s dominant role in the global economy, to work for better working conditions and higher wages for employees. According to its organizers, they should also gain the right to join the unions. Last but not least, the initiative fights for Amazon to pay its fair share of taxes, and also promotes greater sustainability and environmental protection.

Amazon is one of the largest online retailers in the world. The #MakeAmazonPay initiative is backed by the international trade union organization UNI Global Union.

In addition to Germany and the United States, Amazon employees in Bangladesh, France, Spain, India, Italy, Britain, Slovakia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Cambodia and South Africa want to join the protest. Jozová said that she had no information about the strike in Slovakia.

“Amazon has to start paying! Tax evasion and the absence of tariff wages must end, “said Orhan Akman, a representative of the German Verdi retail and mail order association.

Last year, during the Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday discount events, the company increased sales by 60 percent to $ 4.8 billion (CZK 109 billion) compared to the same period last year. His own products are not included in the amount.

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