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USA: Somali women lead protests against Amazon over working conditions, including wages and health & safety

Author: Lauren Kaori Gurley, VICE, Published on: 7 October 2019

"60 Amazon Workers Walked Out Over Warehouse Working Conditions", 3 October 2019

... roughly 60 Amazon warehouse workers in yellow vests walked out of a delivery center in Eagan, Minnesota and stood outside in the near-freezing rain waving protest signs. The workers—mostly women of Somali descent—demanded increased wages on the night shift, weight restrictions on boxes, and the reversal of a 30-hour weekly workload cap from their managers...

...The two-and-a-half hour strike in Eagan ended when an Amazon manager committed to resolving the issues in the morning, and all truck deliveries were cancelled for the night. The workers say they “remain prepared to take action if no changes are made.” ...

 ...This is the second strike at the Eagan plant in the last two months...

... At the Amazon delivery center...boxes can weigh up to 70 pounds and breaks on the nine-hour or longer night shift last 15 minutes, according to workers...

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Related companies: Amazon.com