European Amazon Workers Strike on Black Friday

Thousands of Amazon staff members across Europe are protesting on Black Friday over the way the company treats its warehouse workers.

A coalition of unions across Europe coordinated the action, and the British trade union GMB published a video of workers telling Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos “we are not robots” in five different languages. The GMB said it was protesting “inhuman conditions” at warehouses, citing figures showing a single Amazon warehouse in Britain had called ambulances to the site 115 times over a three-year period.

A GMB spokesman said on Thursday that the purpose of the UK protests was not to disrupt Amazon’s Black Friday sales but to raise awareness. “All we want is to get Amazon around the table,” he said