«To work well and in a healthy way». This is the slogan of the 48-hour strike declared in Germany today in six Amazon plants after between 30 and 40 colleagues were infected with the coronavirus. The union accuses Amazon of having putting profits before workers’ health.
The pandemic has significantly increased purchases on the trade giant electronic. All of us, locked in the house, have had necessary goods delivered and not by the Amazon bellboys who now, however, claim the right to security. In early June, Jeff Bezos, who is considered to be one of the richest men in the world, wrote to his employees thanking them for their self-denial.
It is not the first time that the company’s employees have crossed their arms in Germany to protest low wages and working conditions.
The company’s response
Amazon, in a statement, says it has invested “over $ 4 billion globally in COVID-related initiatives” between April and June “to protect our employees and continue delivering customers safely”. A series of preventive measures have been introduced “in all our logistics centers to safeguard the health of our employees and employees of service providers: we have increased site cleaning operations, revised over 100 processes in order to bring interpersonal distance at least two meters and couriers are requested to remain at a distance when making deliveries and the signature of the receipt of the package has been eliminated. We are also conducting temperature checks before people enter our sites and are making surgical masks available to staff. ”
In the United States
Workers in the United States also staged several protests to ask for more security as colleagues were not even notified when someone tested positive. In New York Amazon fired an employee Christian Small, who also urged his colleagues to ask for adequate protective measures against the coronavirus pandemic. An investigation by the New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened the case: “It is shameful that Amazon fired a worker who bravely attempted to defend his and his colleagues’ health. At a time like this, so many New Yorkers are very concerned about their health this action is immoral and inhuman. ”
Different the version of the company that supported the just cause: «Christian Smalls has received multiple recalls for violating the guidelines on social distancing. He also had close contacts with a colleague who tested positive for COVID-19 and was asked to stay home for 14 days on paid leave. He also decided to come to the workplace, putting colleagues’ health and safety at risk. “
At least seven employees e-commerce companies have died in the United States from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.
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