Less than two weeks earlier than the beginning of Amazon’s annual Prime Day gross sales promotion is about to start out, protestors rallied exterior CEO Jeff Bezos’ Beverly Hills residence to name for greater pay for Amazon warehouse staff and better taxes on rich Americans.
More than 100 Amazon workers marched on Sunday, in keeping with organizers of the rally. Former and present Amazon staff had been joined by teams together with United Teachers Los Angeles, Sunrise LA, and Extinction Rebellion, which lobbies for the motion to fight local weather change.
The richest man in the world made $88 billion in the course of the pandemic. It’s time to fight back, Chris Smalls, one of many protest’s leaders, advised CBS MoneyWatch.
Smalls labored at an Amazon warehouse in New York City till March when he organized a walkout and was fired shortly thereafter.
Protesters issued a collection of calls for, together with that the e-commerce large enhance employee pay by “$2 per hour”, present extra private protecting gear, and overhaul how the corporate does enterprise. They are additionally urging customers to boycott Amazon’s Prime Day occasion, which is about to happen October 13-14 this 12 months.
It was the newest in a collection of protests close to Bezos’ many residences. Protesters in August gathered exterior the Amazon chief’s Manhattan mansion and later that month protested at his Washington, D.C. residence.
COVID-19 has exposed a lot about this country, Smalls stated. This country’s in shambles right now. Everybody’s losing their jobs, small businesses are being closed because of Amazon, people’s lives are being destroyed.
Bezos’ private fortune has elevated $70 billion this 12 months, in keeping with the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, as lots of American customers moved to on-line procuring whereas sheltering at residence.
The firm is about to double its warehouse footprint this 12 months, in addition, to expand its workforce by practically 300,000 throughout its warehouse and company divisions.
Protesters rally in Beverly Hills, California, on October 4, 2020, finally marching in entrance of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ mansion to the foyer for “greater wages”, the fitting to unionize and coronavirus-protection reforms.
Despite Amazon’s progress through the pandemic, workers have accused it of ignoring their security considerations, missing transparency concerning the extent of coronavirus infections at its amenities, and barring staff with well-being issues from working at residence.
The firm briefly raised the staff’s hourly pay and expanded its time-off coverage on the outset of the coronavirus outbreak within the US. however, rolled again each insurance policy this summer season.
Last week, Amazon revealed that nearly 20,000 of its workers had contracted coronavirus. That’s decrease than the positivity price within the US at massive, the corporate stated.
Amazon didn’t instantly reply to a request for a remark. The firm has beforehand stated that its baseline employee pay, which begins at $17 an hour, is superior to that supplied by different retailers.