Employees of the American online store Amazon will demonstrate on Black Friday in several countries on Friday. This is reported by a partnership of trade unions worldwide. According to the Dutch trade union FNV, wages, working hours and other working conditions are lousy at Amazon. In addition, the workload is “gigantic”.
There is no strike in the Netherlands, but in countries such as France and Italy. Demonstrations are also taking place in the United States, India and the United Kingdom. The company has about 1.3 million employees worldwide.
FNV will protest on Friday at the shipyard in Alblasserdam, near Rotterdam, where the sailing yacht of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is being built. “Bezos has amassed his enormous wealth thanks to but also at the expense of his employees,” says FNV director Michiel Al. “For us, this boat is a symbol of Amazon’s uncompromising growth.”
The Friday after Thanksgiving Day is known as Black Friday. Retailers outside the US are also trying to lure customers to their stores with competitive offers. Amazon also has a lot of offers on Black Friday every year.