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UK: Unions stage Black Friday protests at Amazon warehouses following reports of high ambulance call-out rates

Author: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Published on: 29 November 2019

"Black Friday protests at Amazon warehouses in England", 29 November 2019

A union has held protests outside Amazon warehouses to coincide with the Black Friday sales.

GMB members gathered in Sheffield, Rugeley and Peterborough. Amazon said no workers had been involved in the protests.

The union said the protests came after "more than 600 ambulance call-outs" to Amazon warehouses in three years...

...Amazon said the protests involved "a total of 30 external, pro-union people" at a small number of its 50 UK sites...

...GMB said its members had described Amazon's targets as "so horrific" they had to use plastic bottles to urinate in instead of going to the toilet, with pregnant women forced to stand for hours on end...

An Amazon spokesperson said: "Self-interested critics...have a vested interest in spreading misinformation...The truth is that Amazon already offers industry-leading pay, starting at £9.50 an hour, comprehensive benefits, as well as a safe, modern work environment..."...

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