Amazon Workers Strike during Prime Day

Amazon workers across the globe are striking because of grueling production demands, unsafe working conditions, and many other issues during the company’s largest two-day sales event—from July 15 to July 16th—known as Amazon Prime Day. Amazon released a statement in response to workers striking, claiming, “Events like Prime Day have become an opportunity for our critics, including unions, to raise awareness for their cause, in this case, increased membership dues. These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favor, when in fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause—industry leading pay (full-time employees at our Shakopee facility make $16.25– $20.80), benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees.” But many workers within Amazon vehemently disagree with this statement. As reported by Business Insider, an anonymous employee stated, “It is shameful that while Amazon chooses to be the industry leader in so many aspects of their employment policies, and yet continues to allow other aspects of their policies to be worthy of being called ‘inhumane.’” In the past, Amazon it has faced criticism for released information of unsafe and unsanitary working conditions. Many workers have shared their experiences of working at Amazon—claiming that unsafe working conditions […]

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