The Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union has called for around 1,000 workers at Amazon‘s Madrid fulfilment centre to strike over the Amazon Prime Day period and a Prime Day boycott.
The strike has been called for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – Amazon Prime Day begins at midday on Monday and runs for 36 hours through to midnight on Tuesday. The strike is apparently to plead for higher wages, better working conditions and holiday arrangements.
As you might expect with news of a potential strike looming, activist have called for strikes to extend across Europe and started a Prime Day boycott campaign to discourage consumers from shopping on Amazon on Prime Day. Naming it a ‘transnational movement’ they are hoping to get the message out to consumers and make Prime Day a failure.
The reality is that Amazon have around 15 fulfilment centres in Spain and a ton more spread across Europe. Whilst it will be a pain for the company, they are experienced in dealing with strikes and aren’t likely to struggle too much to keep the orders flowing unless a concerted strike program is put in place affecting significantly more than a single warehouse – we’ve yet to establish how many of the workers will actually sacrifice three day’s pay.
This is one to watch though if you have stock in Amazon’s Spanish warehouses as it could be in lock down for the next three days.