Amazon staff in Europe protest to coincide with Black…

Amazon staff in Europe protest to coincide with Black…

Separately, hundreds of Amazon employees across Europe are set to protest "inhuman" working conditions at the company's warehouses on Black Friday.

Protestors in Madrid this morning reportedly chanted: "We will not accept discounts to our rights".

UNI Global, the trade union helping coordinate the walkout, said roughly 2,400 workers were on strike in Europe, but people on the ground are reporting higher numbers of protesters.

It alleged ambulances were called to Amazon warehouses 600 times in the past three financial years. Amazon has been battling with labor groups and disgruntled workers for years now, and not much in the way of progress seems to have been made.

It added that one report detailed a forklift truck crash caused by a "lapse of concentration possibly due to long working hours".

"The conditions our members at Amazon are working under are frankly inhuman", said a statement by GMB General Secretary Tim Roache. We're standing up and saying enough is enough, these are people making Amazon its money. "People with kids, homes, bills to pay-they're not robots".

The union argues Amazon employees receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs. Now, a British-based workers union General Municipal Boilermakers (GMB) has chose to fight back by organizing protests across the U.K., Italy and, Spain.

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This isn't the first time Amazon has dealt with this sort of issue.

Their demands? Better pay and working conditions, Yahoo! Do the decent thing, or wait for a Labour govt to do it for you. "Any reports to the contrary are simply wrong".

Amazon has become a symbol of wealth inequality and corporate welfare in the US since many of its warehouse workers receive government assistance for basic needs like food and health care, even though it is one of the world's most valuable companies run by Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, the world's wealthiest man.

The spokesman declined to respond to additional questions.

"We believe in continuous improvement across our network and maintain an open and direct dialogue with our associates", a spokeswoman said in a statement. That change went into effect at the start of this month.

Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, was so named because spending in the United States would surge and retailers would traditionally begin to turn a profit for the year - moving from the red ink into the black.

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