Amazon workers plan Black Friday protests around the world

Bloomberg reports that thousands of Amazon employees around the world plan to take part in protests and strikes on Black Friday.

Bloomberg reports that workers in about 40 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Japan and Australia — plan to protest on Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for online shopping.

Employees are calling for better wages and working conditions in a campaign dubbed “Make Amazon Pay.”

The groups are promoting these efforts, coordinated by an international coalition of trade unions, on Twitter under the hashtag #MakeAmazonPay. Environmental and civil society groups also support the protests.

“It is time for the tech giant to stop its outrageous and unsafe practices immediately, respect the law and negotiate with workers who want to improve their jobs,” said Kristi Hoffman, general secretary of the UNI Global Union, one of the organizers of the campaign.

Unions in France and Germany are spearheading the latest mass action, with coordinated strikes at 18 major warehouses, aimed at disrupting shipments across key European markets, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon has faced complaints of unfair labor practices, as well as union crackdowns on some facilities.

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“While we’re not perfect in any area, if you look objectively at what Amazon is doing on these important matters, you’ll see that we take our role and our impact very seriously,” Amazon spokesperson David Nyberg said.

On Friday, a US federal judge ordered Amazon to stop retaliating against employees who engage in workplace activity in a case brought by the National Labor Relations Board (NLB).

NLB filed a lawsuit against Amazon in March seeking the reinstatement of a fired employee who was involved in organizing a warehouse for the company in Staten Island.

US District Judge Dian Gujarati ruled that there was “reasonable cause” to believe the e-commerce giant committed unfair labor practice by firing Bryson. It issued a cease and desist order directing the Seattle-based company not to retaliate against employees involved in the workplace activity.

However, the judge denied the agency’s request to reinstate the terminated employee because, she said, the NLRB did not present evidence that terminating the worker had a significant impact on organizing efforts by employees or the Amazon labor union.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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