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Amazon sites in Europe targeted by Black Friday actions

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In London, between 20 and 30 members of the association Labor Behind the Label (the work behind the label) thus demonstrated Friday in front of the headquarters of the company in the country, chanting Amazon, Amazon, we are not robots and calling for make someone pay the American firm.

Stop trashing the planet, Smile, it’s Black Friday or Stop stealing workers’ wages, could we read on the signs held up by the demonstrators. One of them wore a mask depicting Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Black Friday is a massive party to buy things while the climate emergency on the contrary imposes curb our consumption, denounced Anna Bryher, an activist of the association, judging that Amazon is taking advantage of the situation.

A mascot bearing the effigy of Jeff Bezos.

In the United Kingdom, the federation representing independent retailers (Bira) estimates that 85% of small traders will boycott Black Friday.

Photo: AFP / TOLGA AKMEN

We have allowed massive companies like Amazon for too long to trample on workers’ rights.

A quote from Anna Bryher, activist

Amazon, which launched its promotional campaign on Thursday, is concentrating most of the attacks on the promotional offers offered by many merchants on Friday, kicking off the Christmas shopping season.

Make Amazon Pay (Make Amazon Pay), an international coalition of forty organizations, including Greenpeace and Oxfam, accuses the Seattle group of placing profits before the well-being of its employees and supports employees wishing to demonstrate against their working conditions or go on strike on Friday.

Obsession with overconsumption

Activists of the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion have organized blockades of Amazon distribution centers to protest against theobsession with overconsumption symbolized according to them by Black Friday.

The 13 British sites targeted early in the morning by the organization represent, according to her, more than half of the deliveries of the American group in the country.

In the Scottish center of Dunfermline, around 20 activists were preventing vehicles from entering and some from leaving, the agency reported Press Association, which at the end of the day counted 13 arrests of activists by the police on three of the blocked sites.

This action aims to expose Amazon’s crimes while making an example of a larger economic system designed to push us to buy things we don’t need at prices we can’t afford.

A quote from Extract from the Extinction Rebellion press release

Boycott of Black Friday

The environmental movement said it was also targeting two sites in Germany and the Netherlands, where activists notably blocked access to an Amazon depot at Amsterdam airport.

Amazon employees face short-term contracts, long workdays, low wages, and scheduled toilet breaks, denounced the Dutch branch of the group on Twitter. Contacted by AFP, Amazon said it was working to use its network in such a way as to minimize the consequences for its customers.

2040 “,” text “:” We take our responsibilities seriously, this includes our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 “}}”>We take our responsibilities seriously, this includes our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, underlined a spokesperson for the group often criticized for its social and fiscal practices.

He assured to provide a safe and modern working environment and support tens of thousands of small businesses that sell on its platform.

In the United Kingdom, the federation representing independent retailers (Bira) estimates that 85% of these small traders will boycott Black Friday.

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