Amazon warehouse workers in the US are set to go on strike during Amazon’s Prime day.
The strike coincides with the online retail giant’s largest sales event of the year.
Employees at Amazon’s Shakopee warehouse in Minnesota will walk out on July 15th, Prime Day, to protest their perceived unsafe working conditions. A worker’s rights advocacy group, the Awood Center, will be leading the protest and pushing the workers’ demands forward. The protesters are demanding reduced quotas and more opportunities for temporary workers to gain full-time positions. The strike will be attended by approximately 100 Amazon warehouse workers from Amazon’s Shapokee warehouse. The workers intend to strike across two shifts in an attempt to disrupt Amazon’s busiest shipping period of the year. Prime Day is expected to see customers flood the company’s website in an effort to find much better deals than they’d normally get.
There are over 100 Amazon warehouses in the US, so it’s not clear how much this strike of 100 workers at one warehouse will affect Amazon. Amazon, for its part, reports that 90% of the workers at their Shakopee warehouse are working for the company full-time, and over 100 temporary workers are set to move into full-time positions during 2019. “The fact is Amazon offers already what this outside organisation is asking for. We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including healthcare, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more,” one Amazon spokesperson told the Independent.