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Why Did Employees Strike On Amazon Prime Day 2018?

Amazon Prime Day 2018 was being boycotted by the employees that had serious issues with their employer. These employees took to social media in order to spread awareness and asked customers not only to boycott Amazon Prime Day 2018 but to also refrain from using Amazon products and services such as Twitch. It was just a matter of time before this became trending on Twitter and people in different European countries started protesting Amazon Prime Day 2018.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon is the richest man in the world and you would imagine that the people who work for him are well taken care of as well, but that is not the case. The people that were on Amazon Prime Day 2018 strike pointed out that they got “miserable salaries” in Poland, they faced “very demanding measures to control times and efficiency” in France, and lacked “collective agreement guaranteeing the rights of all workers independently of their center” in Germany.

According to the official strike announcement:

[O]nly with a joint action at a European level will workers organize in those places where there is no union representation yet,

Employees and supporters started to report working conditions at Amazon. The supporters included Sen. Bernie Sanders. He organized a town hall meeting where he invited employees of Amazon, Disney, McDonald’s, American Airlines, and Walmart, in order to talk about the issues that they were facing and the rights that they did not get.

Amazon has been scrutinized for its working conditions in the past and it has been noted that employees have had to work without proper air conditioning, with tight schedules that left no time for bathroom breaks and few employees also reported having to pee into a bottle. It is worth noting that Bezos is the richest man in the world and he makes more than 140 times what an average Amazon employee makes. Food for thought.

Let us know what you think about the Amazon Prime Day 2018 strike and whether or not you support this effort.