Now that we’re in the midst of a new uprising, the editors found it appropriate to remind our readers that Amazon is still as powerful as ever in the US, even more so because of the COVID-19 lock-down. With thousands of businesses shuttered under government orders, Amazon has filled this supply gap and gobbled up even more consumers into its Prime empire. As you might expect, Jeff Bezos has done everything in his power to not only keep his Amazon fulfillment centers open during the quarantine, but to endanger the lives of everyone who works there. Despite his pledges of new safety measures, Bezos continues to repress any organized resistance in his warehouses or Whole Food grocery stores, fueling a backlash that we will now attempt to describe.Continue reading Uprising against #Amazon: A chronology
Poland. A few days ago, in an Amazon warehouse near Poznań (Poland), one of the workers died of a heart attack during a night shift. Other employees associate this death with hypoxia and heat – the obligation to wear face masks at work.Continue reading #Poznan, #Poland: The new rules were to protect workers, they turned against them. Death in #Amazon
While the Corona pandemic has already killed thousands of people and will kill many more, Amazon warehouses continue to operate 24/7. Governments around the world order social distancing, but at the same time they force workers to continue to work. Amazon packages flow through cities that, due to the high spread of the virus, have been sealed off from the rest of the world. In countries where the public is prohibited from gathering, Amazon is allowed to operate as a “state within the state”, free to endanger and exploit us, while we continue to work by the thousands in enclosed spaces. Subcontracted truck drivers and couriers – the veins of our global economy – move the virus between warehouses. Uncountable totes pass between worker hands and facilities. In effect, Amazon forces workers to risk infecting each other and then bringing the virus home to our families, allowing for its further spread.Continue reading #Amazon Workers International: Common statement about Amazon’s treatment of workers in times of the #coronavirus
The devastation that has been wrought by the Amazon fire cannot be overstated.Continue reading Thoughts on the Ongoing #Amazon Fire
Continue reading Indigenous People in #Brazil Swear to Fight for Amazon To Last Drop of Blood
Piece by Christian Poirier of Amazon Watch about the consequences of the election of fascist Jair Bolsonaro for the lungs of the planet, it’s trees, plants, wildlife and its indigenious people.
We publish the call launched by the Spanish Amazon workers to all the workers of Amazon in Europe for a day of strike in the second week of July during the Prime Day, because only by organizing a transnational strike Amazon won’t be able to use its logistics network to weaken the effects of the strike.
Construction noises ring out all through the night around Amazon HQ1 in Seattle. Lonely janitors scrub and mop the surfaces of the Amazon Spheres, locally known as the Bezos Ballz. While they are paid 15-20 dollars an hours, well-paid Amazon executives cruise out of their parking garages in Teslas, Porches, and Lamborghinis. Their 100K a year underlings file through the glass doors and wait for the shuttle back to their luxury apartment. In an unseen jungle camp far away from HQ1, a homeless person dies every two days. In January 2018 alone, 16 people have lost their lives on the streets of Seattle. Jeff Bezos is still the richest man on earth.