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New set of ‘Make Amazon Pay’ strikes and protests set for Black Friday across the world

AMAZON is set to face a wave of strike action and protests in over 30 countries today as workers call a global day of action on Black Friday.

The Make Amazon Pay campaign, co-convened by UNI Global Union and the Progressive International, brings together 80 unions, civil organisations, environmentalists including Greenpeace, the Tax Justice Network and Amazon Workers International in a bid to make Amazon pay its workers fairly and respect their right to join a union.

They are also pressing Amazon to commit to real environmental sustainability. 

UNI Global general secretary Christy Hoffman said: “This day of action grows every year because the movement to hold Amazon accountable keeps getting bigger and stronger. 

“Workers know that it doesn’t matter what country you’re in or what your job title is, we are all united in the fight for higher wages, an end to unreasonable quotas, and a voice on the job.”

Progressive International co-general co-ordinator Varsha Gandikota-Nellutla said this is a “worldwide declaration that this age of abuse must end.”

“Amazon’s globe-spanning empire, which exploits workers, our communities and our planet, now faces a growing globe-spanning movement to Make Amazon Pay.”

Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation president Nazma Akhter said: “In Bangladesh, garment workers make the clothes that Amazon sells and profits from. But Amazon doesn’t even recognise us as its workers nor sign the accord on fire and building safety to keep our factories safe. 

“We make Amazon’s profits and together with our brothers and sisters around the world we will Make Amazon Pay.”

This year’s Make Amazon Pay day is set to include Bangladeshi garment workers taking mass action in Dhaka to demand a minimum wage of $209 (£167) per month, an end to police harassment which has seen trade unionists killed, and demand that Amazon signs up to the accord on fire and building safety.  

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