Amazon workers plan strike during this year's "Prime Day" sale
Over the past few years, Amazon's "Prime Day" sales have become famously alluring to Amazon Prime customers looking for deep discounts on things they probably don't really need. This year, Amazon is trying to draw attention to the sale by extending it an additional day from July 15 to the 16. Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Minnesota, however, are trying to draw attention to their working conditions by striking on the 15th rather than fulfilling orders.
The strikes are scheduled to last for roughly six hours on the first day of Prime (the 15th) with the workers asking for lower fulfillment quotas and more full-time positions (rather than temps), likely to allow for reception of key benefits such as health insurance.
According to an emailed statement, a spokesman for the company has responded to the strike by claiming "Amazon offers already what this outside organization is asking for. We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay - ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits..." as well as that the warehouses are "safe and reliable" places to work.
Headed by world's richest man Jeff Bezos, Amazon has come under fire for what critics say are exploitive working conditions in order to maximize profits. While this strike may affect productivity at this particular fulfillment center, it is only one out of 100 Amazon warehouses located in the US — and the only one which has so far announced to strike during this Prime Day.