Amazon warehouse workers in Europe staged a wave of protests and strikes against the tech giant's unhealthy work culture on the day of Black Friday. The warehouse workers are protesting Amazon's infamously harsh working conditions.
Amazon CEO "Jeff Bezos is the richest bloke on the planet; he can afford to sort this out".
But the request was reportedly denied because strikes are legal in Spain.
"According to the U.K. Government's Health and Safety Executive, Amazon has over 40% fewer injuries on average than other transportation and warehousing companies in the U.K".
In a development that while less worrying in the short-term, could have significant consequences if not corrected, warehouse workers in several countries have started protesting against what they claim are "inhuman working conditions".
General secretary Tim Roache said: "We're standing up and saying enough is enough". We are not robots, treat us with dignity and respect.
The Union also said that Amazon had not responded to a joint plea that was backed by a shadow minister, to take steps to reduce the hundreds of ambulance calls that are made from its warehouses. Membership in the union among Amazon employees is small, national officer Mick Rix said. "That's what we're campaigning for". "To us, it seems like the company only pretends to care".
Adobe Analytics reports that Black Friday e-commerce spending across the US topped $643 million as of 7 a.m. this morning, up 28 percent over a year ago.
"Your employees need better conditions and better recognition", Watson said. The company has invested 27 billion euros and created more than 75,000 permanent jobs in Europe since 2010, it said in an email. Amazon has refuted claims of any mistreatment of employees stating that the Company has benefited Europe by providing 25,000 high paying jobs, with great benefits.
"We encourage everyone to compare our pay, benefits, and working conditions to others and come to see for yourself on one of the public tours we offer every day at our centers across the UK", the statement reads. UNI tells me that more than 2,400 workers in Spain and Germany are on strike now, with hundreds more in the other areas.
Amazon has become a symbol of wealth inequality and corporate welfare in the USA since many of its warehouse workers receive government assistance for basic needs like food and health care, even though it is one of the world's most valuable companies run by Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, the world's wealthiest man.