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Amazon workers strike as 'Prime' shopping frenzy hits

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By Alastair Pike

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"We create a lot of wealth for Amazon, but they aren't treating us with the respect and dignity that we deserve."

My dear, It's almost same every where, none of them you could satisfy.

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"I stand in solidarity with the courageous Amazon workers engaging in a work stoppage against unconscionable working conditions in their warehouses," Sanders said in a tweet.

Such as???

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Reckless: If you don't know about the working conditions in Amazon centers, you haven't been reading. They sound absolutely insane.

Unfortunately, this will probably do nothing. These people will be canned, and Amazon will just hire replacements. Now, if all people walked out nation or world-wide, that might have an impact.

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I mistakenly registered for Amazon Prime and will soon cancel it.

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Maybe the strikers could put as much effort into finding a better job than begging for undeserved pay raises.

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I use Amazon especially since we have moved to a more isolated area and we don’t drive. Needed big furniture items.

I have always been concerned for their workers, better wages and conditions which Amazon are in a position to do.

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Amazon workers picketed outside the facility, briefly delaying a few trucks and waving signs with messages along the lines of "We're human, not robots."

And Bezos will respond by replacing the humans with robots. Duh.

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"We create a lot of wealth for Amazon, but they aren't treating us with the respect and dignity that we deserve."

Meaning: "We want more money."

Sorry, no. Amazon created jobs for you guys. If Amazon needed you more than it does, it would pay you more. For reference, please watch: youtube.com/watch?v=kdA2-CAJWjo

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These people knew exactly what to expect even before they are hired. Working conditions, salary, etc. is explained in great detail by HR to potentially avoid personnel problems and/or lawsuits. Then they get the job and in a blink of the eye they start complaining. They have been listening too much of AOC's drivel thinking the world owns them a living.

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So, one of their reasons was Amazon's lack of "concrete action on issues including climate change"??? What's that got to do with their jobs?

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If you don't want to work at Amazon for the benefits and salary offered under the conditions provided, get another job.

I worked in a warehouse for minimum wage while going to University. We had specific start times, a mid-morning 15 min break, 30 for lunch, and a mid-afternoon 15 min break. We had quotas for the number of parts packed to be shipped. Meeting the quota required hustle and brains to plan the order parts were retrieved intelligently. It was a dusty, dirty, job, but at least it was indoors. In the winter, it was below freezing outside. In the summer it was VERY hot inside. I've never met anyone who enjoyed putting parts into boxes and boxes onto trucks.

There's a reason they call it "work."

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"We create a lot of wealth for Amazon, but they aren't treating us with the respect and dignity that we deserve."

If you really believe that, then leave and get a job somewhere else. With unemployment being so low it should be easy to find your dream job.

Organizers did not disclose the number of strikers, who said employees picketed for about an hour in intense heat before cutting the protest short due to the onset of heavy rain.

If there had been a significant number of protesters the organizers would have trumpeted the numbers. They were so dedicated that they stop because of rain.

"It is not too much to ask that a company owned by the wealthiest person in the world treat its workers with dignity and respect."

So companies owned by people who are just scraping by are allowed to treat their workers badly?

I mistakenly registered for Amazon Prime and will soon cancel it.

Why didn't you cancel it immediately?

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Amazon should either reduce the demands upon their Human workforce (8 seconds between each placement for 10 hours a day solid ?!?), with Robots or employ more people. I would not be surprised that soon they will be facing a Lawsuit over RSI problems, and related Labour practices - particularly if a Death is involved. And for the Family involved in a Death situation, I would hope, that Mr Bezos can kiss his fortune good bye ... or a significant portion of it.

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If the Amazon workers don’t even get time for a toilet break then I’d be walking out too!

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Organizers did not disclose the number of strikers, who said employees picketed for about an hour in intense heat before cutting the protest short due to the onset of heavy rain.

Sounds like it was a total dud! All it takes is some rain to break off the strikers? Great message to send to Amazon! The workers who fought for unions and our rights back in history would be shaking their heads at how weak people are now, back in those days if they were sprayed with industrial hoses then they'd consider that to be rather mild! If you want to fight for your rights, you have to go all in! With such a pathetic "strike" I doubt Amazon would even have known it happened if not for the media attention.

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John Oliver did a show on this a week or so back. Sounds like a really progressive work environment - for 1953.

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I would hope, that Mr Bezos can kiss his fortune good bye

Amazon is a publicly traded stock. Mr Bezos can't be held personally liable for the companies actions.

If the Amazon workers don’t even get time for a toilet break then I’d be walking out too!

I agree. If things are as extreme as some claim you would expect to see a huge turnover of employees. But you don't see that. In fact you see hundreds of people applying for any opening that occurs.

John Oliver did a show on this a week or so back.

So a bias satirical comedian is now a source for facts?

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