Amazon Faces Black Friday Blackeye
Amazon employees plan worldwide rallies on Black Friday to demand higher pay and 24 other demands.
Amazon workers across the globe are organizing a walkout on one of the biggest shopping days of the year: Black Friday.
As reported on its website, Make Amazon Pay is planning Black Friday rallies to call on the retail giant to boost wages, pay more taxes, and decrease its carbon footprint. The alliance calls on Amazon to raise wages, pay more taxes, and reduce its carbon footprint. These walkouts are scheduled to take place in factories, warehouses, data centers, corporate offices, and oil refineries in cities throughout the globe, including Minnesota and California and Boston and New York City, among other locations.
To that end, Make Amazon Pay has published a list of 25 demands on its website, which includes raising wages and increasing paid sick leave, granting unions access to Amazon work sites, committing to zero emissions by 2030, and paying all taxes due by "ending tax abuse through profit shifting," "closing loophole and tax haven use," and "providing full tax transparency."
Even though Amazon is "not perfect in any area," spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said in an emailed statement that the business takes its position and influence "extremely seriously."
Nantel cited the company's pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, its "competitive wages and great benefits," with average starting wages of more than $18 per hour depending on location, and the company's $1.7 billion federal income tax expense reported in 2020 as examples of its commitment to sustainability. As part of its commitment to employee safety and wellness, an Amazon spokeswoman said that it is "creating new approaches."
Nantel did not provide any information on how the demonstrations will affect Christmas shopping.
For various reasons, the trillion-dollar corporation and its billionaire creator, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, have lately criticized their actions. In addition to being under investigation by a number of antitrust authorities throughout the world, including regulators in the United States, Canada, and the European Union, the corporation is routinely accused of overworking its workers while paying them insufficient salaries. Also criticizing the amount of taxes paid by the firm are President Joe Biden and others in government.
In April, a letter to shareholders from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos admitted that the company has to "do a better job" for its workers. Despite the opposition, the ongoing coronavirus epidemic has assisted Bezos in becoming the first person in history to have a net worth of over $200 billion, according to Forbes.
In a statement, Make Amazon Pay said that "the epidemic has highlighted how Amazon prioritizes profits before of employees, society, and our planet." "Amazon takes much too much and gives back far too little," says the author.