Amazon workers will not work in Italy, Germany this Black Friday

Workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Piacenza in Northern Italy put together for Black Friday.


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Amazon will not be having fun with Black Friday — and the remainder of the vacation season — this yr.

Over 500 employees on the e-commerce large’s fundamental distribution hub in Italy have agreed to strike for the primary time this Black Friday after disappointing talks with Amazon for bonuses and higher pay, Reuters reported Wednesday. The plan follows strikes scheduled for a similar day at six Amazon warehouses in Germany.

The strike is about to final the whole vacation season till Dec. 31 and anticipated to disrupt Amazon’s busiest buying season — the corporate informed the Monetary Instances it obtained greater than one million orders final Black Friday. However it added that it remained dedicated to making sure its prospects obtain their orders punctually throughout this era.

The variety of orders Amazon receives on Black Friday could appear little in comparison with Alibaba’s 1.48 billion customers this Singles’ Day, however the on-line retailer nonetheless has to greater than double its workers power to deal with greater demand. Amazon employs 1,600 everlasting workers at its Piacenza website in Northern Italy, however brings up its workers power to four,000 yearly in the course of the buying season. The hub opened when Amazon launched its platform in Italy in 2010. Employees are paid a month-to-month common of 1,300 euros (about $1,541), based on FT.

In an announcement, Amazon mentioned its employees are among the many highest paid within the logistics sector and luxuriate in advantages resembling non-public medical insurance coverage and coaching subsidies. However commerce unions disagree.

“The world’s largest on-line retailer desires to realize report gross sales on [Black Friday], however workers have to provide report efficiency not solely on at the present time in order that every little thing runs how Amazon desires it,” Stefanie Nutzenberger, board member of a German commerce union, informed Reuters.

“We would like a bonus as a result of the corporate is having nice outcomes, and the earnings should be distributed,” Gianluca Zilocchi, secretary of an Italian commerce union informed FT. “There’s additionally a query of rights and a suffocating local weather for employees.”

CNET has reached out to Amazon for a remark.


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