AS BEZOS BECOMES RICHEST MAN IN RECORDED HISTORY, AMAZON WORKERS GO ON STRIKE

AS BEZOS BECOMES RICHEST MAN IN RECORDED HISTORY, AMAZON WORKERS GO ON STRIKE

As Bezos Becomes Richest Man In Recorded History, Amazon Workers Go On Strike

In solidarity with striking workers throughout Europe, many in the U.S. and throughout the world are calling for boycotts of “Prime Day,” which lasts 36 hours. (Photo: PBS)

-by Common Dreams

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just become the richest man in recorded history—surpassing $150 billion in net worth—thanks to his business model of subjecting employees to low wages, brutal working conditions, and scant benefits, and on Tuesday Amazon workers throughout Europe are marking “Prime Day” by walking off the job in massive numbers to call attention to their plight.

“Jeff Bezos’ newly renovated home in Washington DC will have 25 bathrooms. Meanwhile, Amazon workers skip bathroom breaks in order to meet their grueling work targets.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders

In addition to walkouts by an estimated 80 percent of the workers at Amazon’s largest distribution center in Spain—nearly 1,800 workers—employees of the retailer are also reportedly launching strikes in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom to demand higher wages and denounce Amazon’s union-busting efforts.

“The message is clear—while the online giant gets rich, it is saving money on the health of its workers,” Stefanie Nutzenberger, spokesperson for the German services union Verdi, said in a statement.

2 thoughts on “AS BEZOS BECOMES RICHEST MAN IN RECORDED HISTORY, AMAZON WORKERS GO ON STRIKE

  1. In three words, Greed, Greed and Greed. Walmart does the same thing! It’s disgusting, BUT it’s “the American way” Hate as much as you might like to hate but Karl Marx was right: The Owners of Capital always disenfranchise the proletariat–the workers. That’s the way it is so much, but there are exceptions! There are companies that really DO treat their workers right (e.g., Costco), but they’re few and far between. We should NOT care whether or not we can get a package out in nine or ten seconds, but management does. Never mind the stress of non-stop repetitive movements (carpel tunnel, depression, injuries, boredom). This is a wake-up call for Amazon, that’s for sure! I hope they head the messages of their workforce, but somehow I doubt this will happen.

  2. all the magor publicly traded co.’s are evil and have the mark of the beast as in Revelations to by sell or trade you must have this mark. And they do. 🙁 we must fight evil now!

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