Amazon's European Workers Go On Strike As Bezos' Net Worth Tops $150 Billion

Three months after Jeff Bezos was booed by disgruntled Amazon employees in Germany demanding higher pay and better working conditions, Amazon's European workers are boycotting the company ahead of Amazon's global "Prime Day" to highlight the poor conditions that fulfillment-center staff have endured for years.

On Monday, a growing number of online workers, but also gamers, and shoppers planned to boycott Amazon over its treatment of low-level workers, who have criticized the company's tough working conditions on multiple occasions Forbes reported. To get the company's attention on these issues, organizers hope their boycott will make a dent in Amazon's bottom line on July 16, 2018, better known as Amazon's "Prime Day", one of the retail-and-technology giant's busiest sales days of the year.

This will hardly come as a surprise: after all, most of the roughly half-million blue-collar, part-time employees at Amazon don’t make six figures while spending their workdays writing code, and instead unload trucks, drive forklifts and walk miles collecting products to fill orders—all for around the same pay as workers in other companies’ warehouses. Due to their menial, repetitive task, they are also rapidly being replaced by robots.

Last Tuesday, Amazon workers in Spain launched a general strike that is expected to last through Monday. Workers at other European Amazon facilities have reportedly joined the walk-out, including groups in Italy, France, England, Germany, and Poland, with a German labor union confirming its members with Amazon will strike on Prime day.

To be sure, this won't be the first time the online retailing giant's European workers have express displeasure: in the past several years, workers at Amazon fulfillment centers have repeatedly protested against the company's long hours, tough working conditions, and high-pressure "rush" periods, as around Prime Day and Black Friday.

In 2017, Amazon workers in Germany and Italy staged a strike to coincide with Black Friday, when they say short-term workers are forced to work long, grueling shifts without adequate compensation or conditions, among other complaints.

Amazon workers in the U.S. have also reported brutal working conditions in recent years, including the need to endure high temperatures, spend unpaid time in security lines, and even skip bathroom breaks, although have been far less enthusiastic to pursue actual work strikes, perhaps due to the fear of being promptly replaced.

In response to the protesters' latest round of complaints against the company, an Amazon spokesperson told the Observer, ”We don’t recognize these allegations as an accurate portrayal of activities in our buildings."

What is interested is that this time, unlike previous similar strikes, the idea of boycotting Amazon on Prime Day and beyond has been gathering significant steam online. According to the Daily Dot, "The #AmazonStrike hashtag on Twitter, and numerous posts on Tumblr, have led the charge among internet users who are supporting employees who have held strikes against the retail giant in the past."

A number of gamers and journalists are also expected to participate in Monday's boycott, which calls for supporters to avoid using or visiting any of Amazon's services or sites, from shopping to streaming.

Paradoxically, that show of solidarity also includes the popular live-streaming video platform Twitch which Amazon acquired in 2014. GameRevolution reported that some journalists and gamers plan to boycott the platform on Monday "in solidarity with the striking Amazon workers."

Austin Walker, editor-in-chief of Waypoint, Vice Media's gaming division, commented on Twitter, “Some folks put the news about a transnational Amazon strike in front of us yesterday, glad to hear about it. As a heads up, we’ll be skipping our stream on Prime Day (the 16th) in solidarity.”

As Forbes adds, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the world's richest man, has been the target of criticism for years regarding his business practices at Amazon and other ventures, from workers as well as the media, and even - in some cases - from both. Last year, a WaPo reporter - which is owned by Bezos - wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post about how fair pay for Amazon workers -- not high-profile philanthropy -- should be the primary goodwill strategy for Bezos, his boss.

WashPo staff reporter Fredrick Kunkle explained last September,

Amazon’s history of dodging taxes, its mistreatment of workers, and its ruthlessness toward even the smallest competitors have been well documented. It put ambulances outside distribution centers rather than install adequate air conditioning. It broke up a union organizing effort by closing the call center and dismissing everyone who worked there. The New York Times documented its punishing work environment in a front-page exposé. The company’s actions, as Forbes put it, hark back to an earlier time when workers were treated as 'replaceable cogs in the machine.'

What happened next? Within days, the Post had disciplined Kunkle, which his union argued may have been illegal.

Nonetheless, Kunkle had some good observations:

Bezos should remember that his vast wealth came in part from labor, and he should do more to share that wealth with workers. As the owner of an institution that’s critical to democracy, he should go out of his way to set a tone of progressive stewardship toward employees in all his businesses.

Instead, Bezos has shown that he views his employees as parts in a high-tech machine, that income inequality is someone else’s problem, and that modern corporations owe little more to their employees than a paycheck.

Well, he is right, and it is a very successful machine, because moments ago Bezos net worth just topped $150 Billion. According to Bloomberg, Bezos has now topped Gates in inflation-adjusted terms.

The $100 billion mark that Gates hit briefly in 1999 at the height of the dot-com boom would be worth about $149 billion in today’s dollars. That makes the Amazon chief executive officer richer than anyone else on earth since at least 1982, when Forbes published its inaugural wealth ranking.

And visually:

Comments

overbet DavidC Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:01 Permalink

Fuck Bezos, but his workers deserve what value they create nothing more. Gimmie dat. While Im at it fuck Europeans too. You want to protest my President? How about you grow some balls you cucked faggots, take your countries back, stop electing globalist and officials that put you in jail for speaking out about the Muslims raping your families and country. Most importantly fix your fucking teeth with your free healthcare. 

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CheapBastard Joe Davola Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:08 Permalink

What is the median pay for oogle employees? I know one real loser working there as who is dumber then a bag of hammers and could not get hired in USA. I was surprised when he said he worked for oogle.

And as per the comments above, yes, the EU men are 90% effeminate now. So it's no wonder they cater to the invaders. Most likely the younger fair-haired 'purdy' European boys will be used as sex slaves for the homo invaders and the ugly ones will clean Caliphate toilets.

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Free This eforce Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:16 Permalink

OT

All of your supplies can run out or be stolen!

Learn woodworking, gardening, water purification and blacksmithing to be able to survive long term! It boils down to tools and you don't need that many!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je_mEnfKNXU

And have a means to protect oneself and family.

Hunting is great and all, but trapping will be the key.

You may want to check this video, speaking of prepping:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE0VltT789E

Self reliance people! I am posting this in multiple threads, so you can down arrow me, no worries. I want as many people to see them as possible.

Words on a screen will mean nothing soon, the meltdown is coming.

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rejected CheapBastard Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:12 Permalink

"And as per the comments above, yes, the EU men are 90% effeminate now. So it's no wonder they cater to the invaders. Most likely the younger fair-haired 'purdy' European boys will be used as sex slaves for the homo invaders and the ugly ones will clean Caliphate toilets."

 

At the end of WWII pretty much all German women between 8-80 were raped multiple times a day by the victorious Red Army and the US Army and allies as well. Germans were the most intelligent of all races but I imagine it would be difficult to find a true German today. Maybe the wealthy...

Their IQ was brought down dramatically while their passivity increased. All good for the Globalist Commies but it's not enough to satisfy their agenda. To that end what the Europeans and particularly the Germans need today is basically a frontal lobotomy. That is what the new wave of 'migrants' is for.

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gmak overbet Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:25 Permalink

The "English have bad teeth" thing came out of WW II when they were busy resisting and stopping Hitler and Nazi Germany. Remember that?  Seems that it was difficult to schedule visits to the dentists when bombs were reducing buildings to rubble. Subsequent generations which got normal dental care have what we would consider "normal teeth"

 

It hasn't been a meme for 30 years.

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NidStyles ToSoft4Truth Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:02 Permalink

You think that fucker would let me live long enough to depose him? I can’t even keep posters here from mocking me endlessly.

 

I’ll be honest. I don’t like most of you. I think a lot of you are sychophant sell outs. I get blamed for being the target of several groups and get called a piece of shit by my own family for standing against this bullshit joke of a country. I get to told to love it or leave it while the shit that goes on around me is fucking excused as people saying I deserve it. 

I have no interest in helping anyone. I am not a damn charity. I have had everything taken from me by these fucking Jews and no one has even offered a helping hand.

 

If that is the world you people chose to live in, then so be it. Enjoy your serfdom. I don’t have any more obligations. 

 

David Duke, I hope you get gassed for the rest of your life.

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Pollygotacracker MikeMilkensGhost Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

I never shop Amazon. Every Sunday I watch U.S. Postal Service deliveries in my neighborhood. Sunday should be a day of rest. A day to relax and enjoy friends and family. No one needs something delivered on Sunday unless it is medicine. What is the matter with people? Why do they support Bezos, a man who does so little for his employees and suppliers? Amazon should be put out of business and that takes people refusing to shop there.

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Panic Mode Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:49 Permalink

You don't need to boycott. The Prime Deal is fucking shite anyway, no great discount or great choices. I am not buying any and I will wait. It's just a PR stunt for fobbing off undesired warehouse junks.

 

Last year Prime Deal: PS4 500GB console + 2 (newly released) games + 1 controller sold for £199.99. I bought one and sold the games and controller on eBay to recoup some money. I worked out that I only paid for £80 for a PS4 console.

This year Prime Deal: PS4 500GB console - £219.99 ( WHAT THE BLOODY FUCK !!!!)

DavidC Panic Mode Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:01 Permalink

I won't use Amazon unless there's no alternative, I won't use Google Chrome, I won't buy overpriced crApple, I have a F***book account but VERY rarely post, I have a Twatter account I NEVER use now, I can wait for films to appear on mainstream TV rather than having to have the latest (crap) films on Netflix, I don't watch 'box sets'.

 

Etc.

 

DavidC

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medium giraffe Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:51 Permalink

So, is this more likely, or less likely to make Amazon switch to automated picking?  VW have been doing it with car parts for years and years - the tech doesn't need to be invented, just adapted.

 

And I know it's fashionable to be 'outraged' these days, but why not just get a different job?

crazzziecanuck medium giraffe Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:47 Permalink

VW can do that because they have an extremely limited inventory when compared to Amazon.  Besides, if it was even half as easy as you said it was, Bezos would have had it done by now.

Getting a different job is harder than it sounds these days.  Getting a job is hard enough as it is, educated or not.

Our economy cannot survive when all the money is hoarded by a minuscule minority at the top.

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Yen Cross Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:52 Permalink

I'm loaded up on OTM AMZN puts.

 Anyone foolish enough to spend money on that stock needs an lobotomy.

 I told you guys I shorted NASdark bigly last week.