‘Strike Friday’: Amazon Rocked by Protests in Italy on Black Friday

Hundreds of workers walked out of Amazon this week, demanding higher pay and less hours.

The following article appears on The Telegraph. 

Hundreds of Amazon workers in Italy and Germany are striking on Black Friday, the busiest online shopping day of the year, disrupting the online retailer’s plans.

Workers at the company’s main distribution hub in Italy carried out their first ever strike, dubbing the day “Strike Friday”. People are also striking at six warehouses in Germany.

Unions said more than 500 Amazon workers at the Piacenza site in northern Italy had agreed to strike following a failure to negotiate bonuses with the company.

Amazon employs around 1,600 people on a permanent basis at the Piacenza site, the first it built in the country after launching its Italian website in 2010.

Luigi Giove, of the CGIL union, said workers were demanding shifts that were “not exhausting” and for Amazon to redistribute its profits.

The Verdi trade union in Germany said Amazon employees would also strike on Friday at six distribution centres in the country as part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Continue reading at The Telegraph.

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