Amazon workers in Europe mark Black Friday with 'we are not robots' protests

CNET | 11/23/2018 | Michelle Meyers
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UK workers protest against working conditions in Amazon's warehouses.

Black Friday is so named because it's the day retailers would traditionally start seeing profits and operating in the black. And Amazon has become a driving force behind the surge of e-commerce on the retail holiday.

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But this year, Amazon warehouse employees in Europe are using the day after Thanksgiving to relay a much darker Black Friday message.

Union workers in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany have staged a wave of protests and strikes against what they call Amazon's dangerous, high-pressure work culture and "its aggressive anti-union actions," according to a press release from Switzerland-based UNI Global Union on behalf of several other European unions, too.

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"The conditions our members at Amazon are working under are frankly inhuman. They are breaking bones, being knocked unconscious and being taken away in ambulances," Tim Roache, general secretary of the UK-based GMB union, said in a statement. "Enough is enough. Time these workers were treated like humans, not robots."

Amazon counters those claims, touting...
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