Amazon faces walkout, protest in Europe on Black Friday

Six Amazon distribution centers in Germany saw employees walk out during Black Friday, BBC reports.

Employees at centers in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Koblenz, Rheinberg, Werne and Graben all took part in the walkout and are expected to be on strike all weekend. 

The strike was organized by the union Verdi, which said its members’ work in the distribution centers could not be bought with “knock-down prices.”

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Meanwhile in France, climate protesters descended upon the company’s French headquarters in Clichy, a city north of Paris as well as a distribution center in Bretigny-sur-Orge.

The protestors were equipped with banners with slogans such as “Stop Amazon and its world” and “Amazon: for the climate, for employment, stop expanding, stop overproduction,” according to BBC.

Kristen Kish, an Amazon spokesperson, downplayed the situation.

“Today our well-paid, dedicated and highly respected teams across Europe are doing what they do every day – delivering for their customers in an environment that’s fun, engaging and set up to help them succeed,” Kish told The Hill in a statement.

“Self-interested critics have a vested interest in spreading misinformation about Amazon, but the facts tell a different story,” she added. “The truth is that Amazon already offers industry-leading pay, comprehensive benefits, as well as a safe, modern working environment.”

Continuing, she said: “These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favor, when in fact we already offer the things they claim to be fighting for.” 

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