Amazon Employees in 20 Countries to Strike on Black Friday Under ‘Make Amazon Pay’ Campaign

Amazon employees in 20 countries are preparing to strike on Black Friday under the “Make Amazon Pay” campaign in an effort to demand better working conditions and better pay from the tech giant’s top executives.

Workers and activists “from oil refineries, to factories, to warehouses, to data centers, to corporate offices in countries across the world” are set to protest on Nov. 26 with “Make Amazon Pay” — a coalition of 70 trade unions and civil society organizations including Greenpeace, Oxfam and Amazon Workers International.

As Amazon grew into a trillion dollar corporation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign lamented that “Amazon warehouse workers risked their lives as essential workers, and only briefly received an increase in pay.”

“The pandemic has exposed how Amazon places profits ahead of workers, society, and our planet,” the campaign stated. “Amazon takes too much and gives back too little.”

The campaign’s list of demands include creating healthy work environment, increased wages, better job security, and “suspending the harsh productivity and surveillance regime Amazon has used to squeeze workers.”

In response to the campaign, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel told Insider that the company is “inventing and investing significantly” on addressing the campaign’s concerns, including calls for Amazon to commit to net-zero emissions by 2040.

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