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Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping events of the year, especially for Amazon, and while many took the opportunity to shop - some took it as one to make a stand. In the United Kingdom, United States, and across Europe, several protests were held on Black Friday by various coalitions of unions and equality and environmental groups called "Make Amazon Pay."

Many call for Amazon to make immediate changes to its business model - from improved pay to the end to intrusive employee surveillance. But that's not all - in an entirely different protest, the Extinction Rebellion environmental group blocked entrances to Amazon distribution warehouses in the UK, causing mass disruption and delays in the expedition of packages from its centres.

While the Make Amazon Pay coalition is not partnered with Extinction Rebellion, it does still have ties with other groups such as Greenpeace who it counts among its members. But, at the same time, one aspect the trade unions and non-profit organisations do agree on is that "Amazon takes too much and gives back too little."

Over 50 organisations have signed off on a list of what are known as "common demands," which include but are not limited to: raising warehouse workers' pay and adding hazard pay and peak time increments, halting worker "surveillance" and strict productivity targets, ending casual employment status and "union-busting" activities, and paying taxes without using loopholes or tax havens, among others.

In defence and in advance of the protests being staged, Amazon released the following statement: "These groups represent a variety of interests, and while we are not perfect in any area, if you objectively look at what Amazon is doing in each one of these areas you'll see that we do take our role and our impact very seriously."

What do you think about the recently-held protest surrounding Amazon this Black Friday?

Should Amazon be forced to increase its workers' pay and employee working conditions?

Does something need to be done about big corporations who aren't paying their fair share of taxes, despite making record profits year on year?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or create a topic with your opinion for points!

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paulred30757

  1 month ago
I worked for UPS and had to deliver multiple items for “AMAZON” for buttons often not getting home after 10 hours on the road after “Black Friday”!!!! It’s a ripoff from the point of delivery drivers. Amazon and the likes are purely big money oriented and don’t care about anyone who works for them in any way which is why I advise friends and family to avoid them
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z6oum.86

  1 month ago
it is time to make them pay yes!
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darthcynic

  1 month ago
'What do you think about the recently-held protest surrounding Amazon this Black Friday?'
Long time coming although for the behemoth to really notice it would need pretty much all of the logistics staff, direct and third party, to down tools together. It threw a few needed spanners but not enough to make corporate seriously reflect on their attitude and policies toward the people who make Amazon's profits and enable Bezos' sub-orbital joyrides, but otherwise don't seem to exist to c-suite.
'Should Amazon be forced to increase its workers' pay and employee working conditions?'
Much of what is taken as standard now had to be written into law to force otherwise recalcitrant business into having somewhat less profit while treating labour like people and not tools. Business is remarkably reticent about giving anything up, even child labour. Thus it is probable that the same will have to be done with Amazon along with some possible break-up of the giant company. This is because Amazon is clearly disinterested in choosing to be truly better as its only concern is maximum profit and dividends.
'Does something need to be done about big corporations who aren't paying their fair share of taxes, despite making record profits year on year?'
Yes, and slowly it is with concrete moves for things like a global corporate tax rate and the minimisation of tax haven locations. However, it would help a lot if corporations sincerely and seriously readopted their previous obligations to all their employees and the society their company exists within, and as opposed to the current singular obsession with maximising their bottom line by any legal and sometimes illegal measure. Not the current PR sops that are nought but responsibility deflecting marketing but serious commitments to staff and society in general where the company still makes big profits, just not as big.
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JoanaMoon

  1 month ago
Workers need to have proper rights and its about time they get them . I get that amazon is handy in terms of prices but they have enough money to pay ppl a decent wage and good working conditions
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tyadey

  1 month ago
Amazon is a big company, I think they should do something about this. So as not to jeopardize their reputation.
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tyadey

  1 month ago
Amazon is a very big company, I think they should do something about this, so as not to jeopardize their reputation.
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pkeran

  1 month ago
tax them
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tos123

  1 month ago
the only problem with amazon is the way they treat their workers
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bernardconneely

  1 month ago
They have distorted local business and small towns but this is what you get for low cost goods and choice. People have become lazy hence the reason the likes of Amazon is so huge now. They pay bad wages and long hours while the owner fly's in a space ship and owns a hundred million boat.
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bastenmoneyberry

  1 month ago
Amazon should do something about it
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