Amazon's European warehouse employees are walking out on Black Friday

We’re not robots’ Amazon employees protest across Europe on Black Friday

We’re not robots’ Amazon employees protest across Europe on Black Friday

The 24-hour strike was staged by the country's Verdi services union, which urged the US-based company's employees to stop working until midnight Friday, fighting for better payment and a healthier work environment. Germans are expected to buy about $2.7 billion worth of goods on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, an increase of about 15 percent over past year.

About 620 Amazon workers in Germany, as well as others in Spain and the United Kingdom, staged walkouts and strikes on November 23. Images on social media showed small groups of people gathered with banners from the union.

They added sick workers were "paid off" and replaced with "temporary workers with less terms and conditions". They are breaking bones, being knocked unconscious and being taken away in ambulances.

"It is one of the days that Amazon has most sales, and these are days when we can hurt more and make ourselves be heard because the company has not listened to us and does not want to reach any agreement", said Hernandez, who has worked for five years at Amazon.

Workers in Germany, Spain, and France walked off the job at Amazon fulfillment centers on Black Friday, one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. "That's what we're campaigning for".

Another union, UNI Global, says over 2,000 of its members are demonstrating throughout Europe. Amazon disputed the claims, however, saying that the majority of employees were actually inside, processing orders.

A placard calls on workers at an Amazon logistics center to go on strike in Bad Hersfeld
A placard calls on workers at an Amazon logistics center to go on strike in Bad Hersfeld

A striking worker stands outside the entrance of an Amazon fulfillment centre in San Fernando de Henares, Spain, on November 23, 2018.

On the day that kicks-off the Christmas shopping season, Amazon workers in parts of Europe have gone on strike. The FC Ambassadors would referencing negative news about Amazon warehouse working conditions, such as workers having to pee in bottles, in order to dispel the reports.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told the Guardian: "Our European Fulfillment Network is fully operational and we continue to focus on delivering for our customers and reports to the contrary are simply wrong".

"We are a fair and responsible employer".

"Amazon has invested over 27 billion euros and created over 75,000 permanent jobs across Europe since 2010", the statement said. "These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs like Career Choice that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for associates".

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