Hot on the heels of the #AmazonStrike, employees are sharing their stories of workplace plight.
Europe and beyond was shaken by last month’s #AmazonStrike, a multi-country feat of direct action that ended in anger and, in some instances, violence. Now it seems that the protests – which hit the ecommerce giant’s mammoth flash sale “Prime Day” – have galvanised Amazon workers to come forward and share stories of inhumane treatment, neglect and eventual destitution.
In a recently published investigation by The Guardian, workers came forth to decry the treatment they allegedly received at the hands of Amazon. Speaking to Michael Sainato, 49-year-old Vickie Shannon Allen detailed how a workplace injury left her unable to perform her job. The situation, ostensibly easily solved by a company that makes more than $US178 billion in revenue and is helmed by a man worth $US150 billion, left Allen homeless.
And Allen’s may not be an isolated case. The Guardian reports numerous similar cases coming to light; take 43-year-old Bryan Hill of Seffner, Florida, who filed a lawsuit against Amazon purporting that managers failed to file a workers’ compensation claim after he hurt his back on the job. Hill maintains that his plight was dismissed by managers, who dubbed him “too young” to have back problems. And this is just the tip of the whistleblower iceberg.
The accusations come hot on the heels of the recent strikes organised by Amazon employees. Last month, thousands of the company’s workers staged strikes across Europe in order to demand better working conditions, with some protests ending in violent clashes. Reports came in from Spanish newspaper Público that strikers had been charged by police in riot gear, on the alleged grounds that the former were blocking traffic.
At least two of those protesting were arrested, with harrowing images shared on social media detailing the extent of the clash. Alberto Rodríguez, a member of Spain’s Congress of Deputies, shared an image of what appeared to be a bloodied shirt in front of Amazon’s San Fernando de Henares warehouse.
— Alberto Rodríguez (@Alber_Canarias) July 17, 2018
RodrÃguez also shared a 20-second clip of police wielding truncheons menacingly, amid allegations of that one worker was hit in the face with one, losing teeth as a result. “The police charge against […] workers […] preventing their constitutional right to strike,”Â RodrÃguezÂ asserted. “Shame.”
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