Amazon workers, trade unions and other allies have supported calls for better conditions in Amazon’s supply chains, in unity between warehouse, delivery and garment workers worldwide.
While workers struggle with unpaid wages, union busting and poor working conditions, Amazon’s net profits rose by a staggering 84% during 2020. The company now has a net worth of US $314.9 billion.
Make Amazon Pay, a coalition of more than 50 organisations including Ethical Consumer, held actions across five continents demanding change. Protests included a demonstration at the company’s AGM in London. Labour Behind the Label, GMB, TUC, War on Want and ITF all supported the calls.
Casper Gelderblom, the Progressive International’s coordinator for Make Amazon Pay, said:
“Amazon is the most powerful corporation in the world, and its CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest man on the planet. This power and wealth depends entirely on the labor of hundreds of thousands of workers around the world. Workers make the product you buy, package it for you, and deliver it to your doorstep. Workers, not Bezos, make Amazon’s world run.
“Around the world, the workers producing Amazon’s profits are standing up to claim their rights. Across its supply chain, Amazon refuses to pay workers the respect and wages they deserve. Loud and clear, Amazon’s producers, distributors, and delivery drivers are telling Jeff Bezos: pay your workers.”