In the USA, the strike is only taking place in one fulfilment center-that in Shakopee, Minnesota-but the poor working conditions those 1500 employees are protesting are the same conditions we've heard about in warehouses across the country.
Amazon already has more than 7 million customers using its assistant via Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, according to data published by those web browsers.
Protesters marched by the billionaire's home carrying boxes with the Amazon logo turned into a frowny face and signs that said things like: "Amazon + ICE = Detention" and 'Stop hunting our kids'.
The demonstrators holding posters and shouting slogans rallied in front of the Amazon office on the first day of the annual two-day Prime Day shopping event that Amazon hopes to draw millions of global users for big sales that would possibly rake in billions of USA dollars. Amazon recently raised its minimum wage after major public backlash put pressure on the company and it claims to offer "competitive hourly rates" with benefits. They're targeting "Prime Day" in a continuing push to improve pay and working conditions for the facility's heavily East African workforce. Speaking to the Daily Dot, Fribley said workers in Seattle had heard of past protest actions from Minnesota Amazon workers and had them in mind as they created the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice. Cars whizzing by honked as the protesters chanted, "We work, we sweat, Amazon workers need our rest". This is taken to an extreme with products it sells on Prime Day.
Customers have to join Amazon Prime to get discounts during the 48-hour event. "Their fight for safe and reliable jobs is another reminder that we must come together to hold big corporations accountable".
Amazon gives Prime Day customers a sneak peek at deals to come
One of the best Prime Day deals we've found is, in fact, not an Amazon offering at all, but is from Walmart's concurrent sale. Prime Members can also get $10 to spend on Prime Day by spending $10 at Whole Foods .
The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth said it is offering more than a million deals.
This year, some used the high-profile event as a way to garner attention for their protests against Amazon. "I stand with Amazon MSP1 workers in Minnesota and their #PrimeDayAmazon strike!"
"We can only conclude that the people who plan to attend the event on Monday are simply not informed", the company said.
The uptick in spending shows Amazon Prime Day continues to have strong appeal to shoppers despite competing sales events offered by rivals from Walmart to Target Corp. and EBay Inc. "It's time for change", says Ana María Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, a grassroots organizing network that's supporting the protests.