Amazon workers have decided to call strikes on Black Friday. The workers from 20 countries including the UK, the U.S.A., and several in the EU are planning to stop their service on this day. Black Friday is one of the busiest days for Amazon. The workers’ strike on this shopping-centric day is a unique situation for this online giant.

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The Make Amazon Pay group support the workers’ protests and said, “Amazon takes too much and gives back too little.” The coalition of labor groups, trade unions, grassroots campaigns is also showing their support towards the workers. These protests are also backed by the non-profit-making organizations in individual countries.

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Nearly 50 organizations have signed up to a list of “common demands”. The list is published under the coalition called “Make Amazon Pay”. These “common demands” raised some important issues including raising warehouse workers’ pay and halting worker “surveillance” too strict productivity targets. The demands also included the urgency of extending sick leave and ending casual employment status.

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The War on Want campaign group member Owen Espley said, “Amazon’s growing power is a threat to communities and workers around the world. Amazon is abusing its dominance across online retail, cloud services, and logistics, to create unfair competition that is driving down standards for everyone. Amazon workers face unsafe conditions, constant surveillance and are treated like robots. It’s time for Amazon to pay fair wages, fair taxes, and for its impact on the planet.”