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Amazon Employees Plan Worldwide Global Black Friday Protests, Release Requirements List for Company

Amazon employees around the world will go on strike against the company on Black Friday November 26, one of the busiest trading days of the year, demanding a fair pair for workers, among other things.

Make Amazon Pay, a coalition of more than 200 million workers and activists from around the world, is organizing Friday’s protest and issued a series of demands that employees are making to both the company and the governments of the countries in which it operates around the world.

The strikes will take place in factories, warehouses and outside corporate offices around the world, including California, Germany, Ireland, France and Spain.

The coalition statement noted that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is “the richest man in the world” – although he is currently ranked second behind Tesla’s Elon Musk on the Bloomberg Billionaire Index – and that the tech giant has become a “trillion dollar corporation” during time of the COVID-19 pandemic, while its warehouse workers “risked their lives as important workers, and only received a brief increase in wages.”

The coalition also objects to Amazon’s ever-growing carbon footprint, which it says now exceeds two-thirds of the world’s countries, while the company’s growing shipping and cloud computing business is further contributing to climate change, it says.

“Like all large corporations, Amazon’s success would not have been possible without government institutions that citizens have built together for generations,” the coalition said. “But instead of giving back to the societies that helped it grow, the corporation is stripping them of tax revenue through its irresistible efforts to evade taxes. In 2019, Amazon paid just 1.2 percent in taxes in the US, the country where it is headquartered, up from 0 percent in the previous two years. ”

Amazon defended its tax records in a blog post in January 2020, stating that it had more than $ 1 billion in “federal income tax expense” in 2019, as well as $ 2.4 billion in other federal taxes. including taxes on employment, and $ 1.6 billion in state and local taxes. taxes.

Make Amazon Pay has posted on its website a list of 25 requirements that include a pay rise in line with corporate wealth and extended paid sick leave, ending all forms of precarious work and self-employment or contractor status, offering unions access to Amazon. businesses by pledging to cut emissions by 2030 and paying taxes in full, “ending tax abuse through profit redistribution, loopholes and tax havens, and ensuring full tax transparency.”

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The coalition also called for immediate reinstatement of all employees dismissed from the company for “speaking out about health and safety concerns for Amazon employees and customers; participating in efforts to organize work colleagues; or because of the selective application of internal policies. “

“Amazon is not alone in applying these bad practices, but it is at the center of a failed system that results in the inequality, climate disruption and democratic decline that plagued our era,” the coalition wrote. “The pandemic showed how Amazon puts profit above workers, society and our planet. Amazon takes too much and returns too little. It’s time to do Amazon Pay. “

The Epoch Times contacted an Amazon representative for comment.

The planned strike will take place shortly after Bezos announced that he is donating $ 100 million to the Obama Foundation, the largest individual contribution a Chicago-based nonprofit has received to date.

As a gift, Bezos requested that the plaza at the Obama Presidential Center be named John Lewis Square. Lewis, a civil rights icon, died on July 17 at the age of 80 after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in December 2019.

“Freedom fighters deserve a special place in the pantheon of heroes, and I cannot imagine a person more suitable to honor this gift than John Lewis, the great American leader, a man of extraordinary decency and courage,” Bezos said. “I am delighted to support the President and Mrs Obama and their Foundation in their mission to educate and inspire future leaders.”

Meanwhile, Amazon drivers are set to receive nearly $ 60 million in withheld tips after the company reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this month over a tip it allegedly withheld from drivers for 2.5 summer period in between. 2016 and 2019

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Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times with a special focus on the United States.

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