Italy - Black Friday strike at Amazon - November 30, 2017

The trade unions at Amazon are demanding pay rises to match the company’s growth. They complain that workers find themselves forced to do mandatory overtime, to work night shifts or sometimes for six days without a break to keep up with increasing demand. Workers have called a strike over pay to coincide with the online shopping giant’s Black Friday sale. Workers at Amazon’s distribution centre in Castel San Giovanni in Piacenza, in the north of Italy, walked out for the whole of Friday 24 November. Workers also voted not to accept any overtime from now until after Christmas – which, along with the Black Friday promotion, is typically retailers’ busiest time of year.

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