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Warehouse workers strike as Amazon doubles Prime Day length

Published on: 16th July 2019

The protests took place during the 48-hour long Prime Day event this week. 

Amazon warehouse workers around the world have protested and gone on strike to demand fairer working conditions as the company conducted its Prime Day sales promotion.

Prime Day was launched in 2015 as a promotional day for Amazon’s subscribers, offering them discounts and sales deals alongside the company’s accelerated delivery service. The event lasts two days this year, on 15th and 16th July, during which the company also offered same-day shipping.

Workers at the company’s fulfilment centre in Shakopee, Minnesota, underwent a six hour strike during the 48-hour sale period. This comes after many warehouse workers were left concerned that the company’s aim to ship more goods in less time was pushing them beyond their physical limits.

Workers in Spain, Poland, the UK and staff across seven warehouses in Germany all joined the protest. Stuart Appelaum, the president for UNI Global Union, a Switzerland-based union co-ordinating Amazon workers and their unions, said: “Amazon needs to understand that these people are human beings, not robots.”

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