Unlike Google and Facebook being the leading Tech giant companies, amazon, on the other hand, is an e-commerce giant. Despite the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, the E-Commerce platform Amazon is still doing quite well financially and economically. But recently it has come to light that the workers of Amazon warehouse in Staten Island have gone on a strike because of the unfair treatment provided by Amazon to their workers.
A Spokesperson from Amazon, while talking to the leading news portal TechCrunch, said that “Like all businesses grappling with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are working hard to keep employees safe while serving communities and the most vulnerable.” He further added, “We have taken extreme measures to keep people safe, tripling down on deep cleaning, procuring available safety supplies, and changing processes to ensure those in our buildings are keeping safe distances. The truth is the vast majority of employees continue to show up and do the heroic work of delivering for customers every day”.
To show their support to the Amazon workers, the tech workers of Amazon have also demanded the company to provide fully paid leaves to the workers and daily wagerers. They have also asked the company to provide them with full support in case they miss work, and sure that all of the workers are paid so that their lives are not affected due to the ongoing pandemic. The employees of Amazon also demanded to close their facilities immediately to safeguard the health of every employee or worker, working in the warehouse.
The DC of tech workers coalition filed a petition to Amazon in which he wrote, “Recognizing the urgency of the moment, tech workers are going beyond asking Amazon to take action and are pledging not to work for Amazon if it fails to act”. He also mentioned, “We also pledge to ask organizations in our communities such as universities and conferences to not accept Amazon as a sponsor or participant in events.”
A leading news channel called Vice reported that every worker of amazon owned Whole Foods would be organizing a strike tomorrow, that will be termed as a ‘sick out.’ The Strike will be held to demand better working conditions and better protection for the workers on their job.
The news channel further reported that the workers of Whole Foods would be protesting by calling in sick tomorrow, and staying home, or self-quarantining themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. The workers will be demanding paid leaves for tomorrow and will also be demanding the company to provide them with a free coronavirus test and hazard pay.
The original ‘sick out’ Strike led by the group’s whole worker was supposed to happen on the 1st of May. But it was moved to an early date, as report started coming in of workers that were found to be sick and testing positive for the Coronavirus. On their campaign page, the whole worker group wrote that “As this situation has progressed, our fundamental needs as workers have become more urgent. COVID-19 poses a very real threat to the safety of our workforce and our customers. We cannot wait for politicians, institutions, or our own management to step in to protect us.”
These decisions taken by the Amazon warehouse workers came one day after the Instacart workers started refusing to go to their duties such as shop and deliver. The current demands of Shoppers have extended the default tip on hazard pay up to 10%, and they have also extended sick pay leave to two workers that have a pre-existing condition, a medical history of respiratory disease, or are found to be susceptible to the virus. But all of this will only be possible if the worker can provide them with a doctor’s note.
Marc Perrone, the President of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, said that “For the sake of public health and worker safety, every non-union grocery worker must speak out.”
What will be Amazon’s response to the ongoing Strike is still awaited.