The world’s largest e-commerce company experiences a tough day as the employees walkout in protest on Black Friday. As Black Friday commences in different time zones at different places, great masses of Amazon’s employees from distribution centers, shipping, packing centers, and warehouses, along with other departments of Amazon are conducting a protest march.
A tradition is being followed this year too, as Black Friday demands, dating back to the pre-pandemic period, focus on the infamous poor work conditions, suppressive employment practices, and low pay at the Amazon centers. The demonstrations are organized and managed by Make Amazon Pay—a combination of unions, social movements, research institutes across the globe, grassroots movements, and civil society movements. Make Amazon Pay came into being in 2020, as the pandemic was taking a ruthless toll on the warehouse workers of Amazon.
As per the coalition, the protests are going to take place at least in 20 countries, majorly in Europe and North America. Several coalition members belong from Asia and Australia.
There are five common demands by the employees for Amazon: improvement in the functioning conditions of the front-line employees, provision of appropriate job security to the workers, respect for workers’ rights, operating sustainably, and conducting itself as a fine corporate citizen. The demands such as ‘better functioning conditions’ and ‘operating sustainably’ have been repeated over the past couple of years. These have also resulted in court cases and authoritarian investigations.
Whether the desired result will bear fruit cannot be said. Amazon has made very limited progress in the previous years in fulfilling the demands. Amazon’s CEO Andy Jassy had admitted only this year that the company’s treatment of its staff needs to improve.