Employees denounce in particular dangerous working conditions and unfair dismissals, in the midst of an epidemic of coronavirus.
They will not be going to work on Tuesday. Over 300 employees from amazon in the United States have decided to strike, to request an improvement in sanitary conditions facing the Covid-19 in warehouses.
It is “the largest mass action of workers to date, as frustrations mount around the failure of the company to protect workers and public health in the face of the coronavirus epidemic”, denounces the grouping of Athena associations in a press release published on Monday. This movement was launched three days before an online strike by coders and engineers from the group.
The giant of online commerce has been accused since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic of not sufficiently protecting its employees, but also of having, in the United States, dismissed employees who had led protest movements.
“For weeks, workers at Amazon (…) have been sounding the alarm about the dangerous conditions in warehouses,” the Athena organization underlines in this press release, referring to 130 warehouses where workers contracted the Covid-19, some of which “with more than 30 confirmed cases”.
“We have to make an impossible choice every day: to go to an unsafe workplace or risk losing a salary check in the heart of a global recession,” said Jaylen Camp, platform employee. Amazon of Romulus, Michigan, cited in the release.
“We will not be intimidated”
“Rather than taking real steps to protect our health, Amazon prefers to dodge, lie and fire people who speak up. We will not be intimidated. Our health and that of everyone is too important, “he added.
Two weeks ago, Amazon announced the distribution of millions of masks and the implementation of temperature controls on all its American and European sites. But, according to the organization, the implementation of these measures “has been questioned several times by workers in the field”.
Warehouses and logistics centers are in high demand due to containment measures designed to stop the spread of the virus. The needs are such that Amazon has undertaken to recruit 175,000 people in the United States.