Amazon employees at six distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy went on strike today, in a protest dubbed “Strike Friday,” demanding higher wages from the e-commerce giant. Workers intentionally chose Black Friday — one of the biggest shopping days of the year — in the hopes of making their voices heard in their fight for higher wages.
Around 2,500 workers went on strike in Germany, with additional people walking off the job at an Italian distribution center.
Protests in Germany, Amazon’s second largest market after the United States, began earlier this week and may continue throughout the weekend. In addition to wage increases, German workers also hope to bargain with Amazon for a better work environment.
In Italy, the one-day strike called for full-time, permanent workers, with those temporarily employed by Amazon staying on the job. Amazon has created 2,000 full-time jobs in Italy, according to the company.
Despite the strikes, Black Friday has been a boon for Amazon. The company continued to see robust profits from its sales today, amounting to a large portion of the $2.87 billion Americans spent online this Black Friday. The success has brought founder Jeff Bezos’ total net worth to over $100 billion, according to Bloomberg News.
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