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

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Polycount

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Amazon's European warehouse workers are going on strike to protest Black Friday and the company's alleged mistreatment of its employees.

This isn't the first time Amazon has dealt with this sort of issue. In July, thousands of the company's Europe-based workers went on strike during Prime Day; a move they hoped would earn them better working conditions and improved pay.

This time around, protesters have similar goals. "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," said Amazon employee Eduardo Hernandez in a statement to the Associated Press (AP). "Because the company has not listened to us and does not want to reach any agreement."

According to AP, union groups representing Amazon Spain's warehouse workers say "around 90 percent" of employees working at a "logistics depot" near Madrid did not turn up to work on Friday.

Amazon has reportedly disputed that number, stating that most employees did indeed show up as scheduled. Employees in Germany and Britain are also walking out or planning to walk out, over the course of Black Friday.

Whether or not these bold moves will pay off remains to be seen. 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.

Update 11/26/2018: An Amazon spokesperson has reached out to comment on the matter. Their statement is as follows:

Our European Fulfillment Network was fully operational today as our associates focused on delivering for our customers. Any reports to the contrary are simply wrong. We respect the rights of groups and individuals to have their voice, but for us it was business as usual inside our Fulfillment Centres.

Amazon is a fair and responsible employer. We believe in continuous improvement across our network and maintain an open and direct dialogue with our associates. Amazon has invested over 27 billion EUR and created over 75,000 permanent jobs across Europe since 2010. These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs like Career Choice that pre-pays 95% of tuition for associates. We provide safe and positive working conditions, and encourage anyone to come see for themselves by taking a tour at one of our fulfillment centers — learn more at http://amazonfctours.com.

The numbers released by the unions are categorically wrong. Today, the majority of our associates at Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) are working and processing our customers’ orders, as they do every day.

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Save the World! Stop all these silly black friday/boxing day. Did you know that U.S. alone they had enough self personal storage units to house all their population many time over!

Unfortunately greedy, selfish are human greatest weakness.
 

psycros

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EU jobs consistently pay more than US counterparts and they get anywhere between two and seven weeks of paid vacation every year. But hey, if they don't want those positions I'm sure there are plenty of immigrants waiting in line, and unlike in America most of them are probably legal.
 

Adorerai

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Save the World! Stop all these silly black friday/boxing day. Did you know that U.S. alone they had enough self personal storage units to house all their population many time over!

Unfortunately greedy, selfish are human greatest weakness.

Looks like that greed also provides jobs and something for people to do. Yeah, they may not like it and they can always pretend Amazon didn't exist and work somewhere else.
 

Evernessince

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Save the World! Stop all these silly black friday/boxing day. Did you know that U.S. alone they had enough self personal storage units to house all their population many time over!

Unfortunately greedy, selfish are human greatest weakness.

Looks like that greed also provides jobs and something for people to do. Yeah, they may not like it and they can always pretend Amazon didn't exist and work somewhere else.

True but as with everything, it should be in moderation.
 
Free markets say you aren't forced to work at Amazon, and Amazon can pay what they want. If conditions don't attract workers, Amazon will be forced to improve their terms or fail to staff their businesses.
 

Xallisto

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Funny how when you skirt the law in order to gouge your employees, that they then use the law to try and screw you over. What a toxic relationship,
 
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Uncle Al

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Poor working conditions, looming strikes, high shipping costs and bad management are all recpies for unionization and when that happens their prices will far outpace any convenience to the shopper .... looks like the old brick and mortar stores will be making a come back!
 
Poor working conditions, looming strikes, high shipping costs and bad management are all recpies for unionization and when that happens their prices will far outpace any convenience to the shopper .... looks like the old brick and mortar stores will be making a come back!
Or they can just put their shipping centers in countries where people are less lazy and entitled.
 

Racklefratz

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"Entitled" snowflake fast food employees whined about increasing their pay to $15/hr, and, voila', robots started showing up to replace them. Initial reports are that the burgers taste great, and guess what? Robots don't "walk out" on their jobs, and they don't get paid hourly wages or health care benefits - they just WORK.

Nobody's holding a gun to the heads of these poor, "overworked" Amazon clowns - if they don't like their jobs, they're free to seek other employment. Bottom line is that these jobs are relatively easy to automate - it's only a matter of time.
 

Racklefratz

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Poor working conditions, looming strikes, high shipping costs and bad management are all recpies for unionization and when that happens their prices will far outpace any convenience to the shopper .... looks like the old brick and mortar stores will be making a come back!

Don't bet on it. There's no way local businesses can compete with internet-based companies, which benefit from lower taxes, economy of scale, and a much greater customer base. I don't even bother to shop locally anymore for the majority of stuff I need.
 
No doubt further automation will be in order as robots don’t go on strike at critical times nor ask for more wages or want more vacation time. Science fiction dealt with this issue 50 years ago.
 
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