Amazon workers’ strike breaks out on Black Friday

The Washington Times reports that a massive Amazon workers’ strike took place on Black Friday. 

The strike included workers from more than 40 countries, including the United States.

The “why?”

These strikes are part of the “Make Amazon Pay” (MAP), a campaign that consists of 70 different groups, including left-wing groups and trade unions.

MAP’s website reads:

For workers and consumers, the price of everything is going up. And for everyone, the global temperature is rising and our planet is under stress. But instead of supporting its workers, communities, and the planet, Amazon is squeezing every last drop it can. We are workers and citizens divided by geography and our role in the global economy but united in our commitment to Make Amazon Pay fair wages, its taxes, and for its impact on the planet.

Elsewhere on the webpage, MAP calls for workers to join the strike.

“Amazon can afford to pay, but only will if we make it,” the website reads. “That’s why we are rising up all around the world on Black Friday, 25 November 2022, to turn it into Make Amazon Pay day.”

Then, there is a “Join Us” option where users can submit their information.

The list of demands

The workers’ demands go beyond just an increase in pay.

The Washington Examiner reports, “the campaign released an extensive list of demands, divided into five different points: improving the workplace, providing job security, respecting workers’ universal rights, operating sustainably, and paying back society.”

The outlet continues:

Some points call for changes in line with progressive politics. One point demands “ending Amazon’s complicity in environmental racism.” A second demands that the company stops “all sponsoring of climate change denial,” while another demands the company ceases “partnerships with police forces and immigration authorities that are institutionally racist.”

Amazon responds

Spokespeople for Amazon from around the globe have responded with a similar message.

David Nieberg, the head of public relations for Amazon U.K., for example, said:

While we are not perfect in any area, if you objectively look at what Amazon is doing on these important matters you’ll see that we do take our role and our impact very seriously.