15th July (UPI) – As millions of people benefit from sales on Prime Day, some employees and activists will use the two-day event to raise awareness of what they believe is bad behavior in the company
Employees of one Amazon Fulfillment Centers in Shakopee, Minnesota, plan to finish the job on Monday during the last three hours of the day shift and the first three hours of the night shift. Although Amazon has raised the hourly wage to $ 16 to $ 20, more than double the federal minimum, the company sets unrealistic expectations and quotas.
"They are trying to get someone to work as hard as possible on pain of dismissal," two-year-old clerk Tyler Hamilton told CBS News. "As much as they can, they find out how they can collect data and measure work."
They also complain about unsafe working conditions, lack of communication between supervisors and too much trust in temporary workers.
"We are forced to work like machines," said Hibaq Mohamed to Forbes. "I consider it an abuse."
A spokesman for Amazon said the company had already responded to the demonstrators' concerns.
"We offer great job opportunities with an outstanding salary ranging from $ 1
Prime Day is an annual two-day sale in which Amazon offers widespread – and sometimes deep – discounts to attract new subscribers to its Prime program. The company announced last year that it has sold more than 100 million products and added tens of millions of members during the sales period.
William Stolz, one of the organizers of the strike, told Bloomberg that the attention given to Amazon on Prime Day is a good thing. It is time to draw attention to the treatment of employees.
"Amazon will tell a story about yourself, that they can send a Kindle to your home in one day, that's not wonderful," he said. "We would like to take this opportunity to talk about what's needed to do this work and put pressure on Amazon to protect us and create safe and reliable jobs."
Amazon has rejected the planned strike in Minnesota on Monday.
"We can only conclude that those who want to attend the event on Monday are simply uninformed," the company added. "If these groups – unions and the politicians they use for their cause – really want to help American workers, we encourage them to focus their energy on passing laws to raise the federal minimum wage, $ 7.25 are too low. "
Working conditions are not the only issue causing unrest among Amazon employees. Some in New York are planning to show Jeff Bezos' condo in Manhattan on Monday after it has been revealed that the company will provide facial recognition software to the US Immigration and Customs Bureau. Dozens protested Sunday in front of an Amazon center and an ICE detention center in New Jersey, and on Monday another demonstration was scheduled for the San Francisco office.
"We come together to say it must stop," Jobs With Justice, San Francisco CEO Kung Feng, told KPIX-TV. "[Amazon is] Use of its technology to facilitate the targeting, detention and deportation and separation of families."
Amazon Air pilots will demonstrate on Monday what they call low pay. They sent a pilot to Minnesota on Monday to support the protest there.
Amazon has more than 100 fulfillment centers in the United States.