Protests held at five locations across Britain were spearheaded by the GMB Union.
According to Cnet, union workers in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Germany staged "We are not robots" protests against Amazon's risky, high-pressure work culture, and its aggressive anti-union actions. However, the official representation of Amazon in Spain said that these data do not correspond to reality, and most employees continued to perform their duties.
Some of Amazon's workers in Europe are protesting against what they call unfair work conditions, in a move meant to disrupt operations on Black Friday.
French press also reports warehouse workers striking locally, and a union representing Amazon logistics workers calling for a national strike. But Amazon said its European fulfillment network is fully operational and reports to the contrary are "simply wrong".
Thousands of Amazon staff members across Europe were protesting on Black Friday over the way the company treats its warehouse workers.
Protesters are demonstrating outside Peterborough's Amazon fulfilment centre today to highlight concerns about working conditions.
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General secretary Tim Roache said: "We're standing up and saying enough is enough". "We are not robots", the strikers are proclaiming.
The union argues Amazon employees receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs. These are people making Amazon its money.
Unions said between 85 and 90 percent of staff were taking part in the industrial action. Some participants wore shirts reading "Amazon, not only Fridays are black". The company needs to put its ears to the ground and sort out the kinks in its system if it wants to continue as the number one eCommerce retailer in the world.
In October, facing rising political pressure on its home turf after senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation targeting low rates of pay at the coal face of Amazon's business, the ecommerce giant said it would raise the minimum wage of its United States workers to $15 per hour. "Amazon has invested over 27 billion euros ($30.6 billion) and created over 75,000 permanent jobs across Europe since 2010. These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs".
"We encourage everyone to compare our pay, benefits, and working conditions to others and come to see for yourself on one of the public tours we offer every day at our centers across the UK", the statement reads.