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(en) Poland, WORKERS' INITIATIVE: Black Friday - Amazon employees around the world together for better working conditions [machine translation]

Date Tue, 3 Dec 2019 08:35:36 +0200

COMMON POSITION OF AMAZON EMPLOYEES FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ---- On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Amazon employees around the world will once again send millions of orders that customers will place in preparation for the holidays. Parcels will be delivered in just a few days or even 24 hours. To accomplish this feat, employees must work hard and fast knowing that they will not make huge profits for them, which Amazon captures in this busiest season. ---- It's no secret that Jeff Bezos despises trade unions, yet in many Amazon magazines around the world, employees establish unions, struggling with burdensome conditions and soulless treatment. ---- In France, in Lille, employees are struggling with a compulsory 6-day work week and public holidays, and management notes to intimidate and subordinate employees. On Black Friday they will strike, demanding that Amazon begin negotiations. Yellow Vests will join them.

In Madrid, Spain, employees are asking publicly for help in the Amazon boycott to make it clear that society supports employees, not inhuman treatment in magazines.

In Germany, six magazines will strike for several days starting on Black Friday. This is the first time they will start a strike at the same time. Many employees are members of the Ver.di trade union. They have been campaigning for a collective agreement with Amazon for 6 years, although the company, of course, refuses to negotiate.

In Poland, employees oppose high expectations in terms of performance, develop trade unions, and have recently negotiated a higher holiday bonus than originally offered by Amazon, with less stringent conditions. These negotiations have shown that the action can be successful. However, the collective dispute is still ongoing: unions demand higher wages, stable contracts and new forms of employee appraisal. Part of this dispute is the ongoing strike referendum, in which 5.5 thousand have already participated. people.

In the United States, employees in Chicago were able to force executives to provide water in hot weather. Employees also defend their colleagues against authoritarian managers and express dissatisfaction with the fact that wages are not rising. In Sacramento, two people were restored to work, who were dismissed by a computer algorithm: one was absent from work after the death of a family member, and the other person because of childcare. In Minneapolis, employees left their factory and stopped work, demanding greater safety and respect from management.

Employees throughout the United States also collectively collected reports on accidents at work and injuries, and it should not surprise anyone that it turned out that the injury rate at Amazon is at least twice as high as in similar industries. Amazon uses employees until they get injured, then quickly get rid of them when they can't work anymore. In the United States, many Amazon employees are not entitled to healthcare because they are temporary or part-time employees. Amazon offers them only poor insurance for the dentist and other limited services, and employees do not receive these benefits from the first day of work. What's more, raising salaries to $ 15 an hour has caused many Amazon employees to lose their right to public health care.

Since Black Friday, Jeff Bezos will again win the huge profits earned by employees during the summit. It will continue to accumulate an indecent amount of wealth, while Amazon employees are forced to work for long hours, treated like robots, the company gets rid of them when they get sick and have no impact on their work and thus little impact on their own lives. But the times when Amazon may think that it can use employees with impunity are coming to an end. We no longer want to sit with folded arms and allow the richest man in the world to be mistreated. We unite across borders to act together, to fight as a global movement in many countries in which Amazon operates. We have made Jeff Bezos rich and deserve something better than the leftovers from his table. We urge all Amazon employees around the world to organize themselves to make the company aware that it works thanks to us. Amazon doesn't exist without us!

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