Europe: Amazon workers to protest 'inhuman' warehouse working conditions on Black Friday; incl. co comments

Author: Business Insider, Published on: 23 November 2018

"Amazon workers across Europe will protest 'inhuman' warehouse working conditions on Black Friday", 22 Nov 2018

Amazon warehouse workers are planning to voice their anger at working conditions in coordinated protests across Europe on Black Friday...

Ahead of the protest on Friday, the [British trade union] GMB collected statements from warehouse employees.

"I am pregnant and they put me to stand 10 hours without a chair," one said...

[A] spokesman for Amazon said that the company was "unable to comment on this case as we don't have any information" but that maternity leave at Amazon could start up to four weeks before the child's birth and included up to 16 weeks of full pay...

Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in October, but it has dismissed horror stories from its warehouses as a "myth."

In response to the protest, Amazon issued the following statement...

"All of our sites are safe places to work and reports to the contrary are simply wrong. According to the UK Government's Health and Safety Executive, Amazon has over 40% fewer injuries on average than other transportation and warehousing companies in the UK. We encourage everyone to compare our pay, benefits, and working conditions to others and come see for yourself on one of the public tours we offer every day at our centers across the UK."

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Related companies: Amazon.com