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Amazon workers plan simultaneous protests and work stoppage on occasion of Black Friday

Amazon workers in 20 countries are planning protests and work stoppages on Black Friday.

The shopping-centric day is among Amazon’s busiest all year.

The Make Amazon Pay group says: “Amazon takes too much and gives back too little.”

It is backed by a coalition of labour groups, trade unions, grassroots campaigns and non-profit-making organisations in individual countries.

Worldwide, nearly 50 organisations have signed up to a list of “common demands”, published by the Make Amazon Pay coalition, which include:

•raising warehouse workers’ pay and adding hazard pay and peak time increments
•halting worker “surveillance” and strict productivity targets
•extending sick leave and improving Covid-19 tracking and reporting
•ending casual employment status and “union-busting” activities
•paying taxes without using loopholes or tax havens

“This company is a pandemic profiteer can afford to do better,” said Mick Rix, from the GMB Union.

“It’s time for Amazon sit down with their workers’ union GMB and make Amazon a great, safe place to work. ”

Amazon reported a tripling of profits earlier this year, attributed to its success during the Covid-19 pandemic.