Amazon employees on strike, they demand for raises of three dollars an hour
Workers at three Amazon warehouses, located in the cities of Washington and New York, left in the middle of their night shifts on Wednesday, in a protest demanding a salary increase of three dollars an hour, as well as the reinstatement of breaks with the duration of about 20 minutes during working hours, reports Vice.
Striking workers say their wages, which range from $15.75 to $17.25 an hour, are not enough. This is at a time when inflation is starting to weigh more and more on the cost of housing, gas and food.
On the other hand, remember that the technology company had put an end, last year, to breaks during working hours, with a maximum duration of 20 minutes. The measure had been introduced with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, aimed at promoting social distancing between employees and compliance with all safety procedures.
Following these claims, Kelly Nantel, Head of Media Relations at Amazon, assured that the company is “proud to offer leadership salaries in the context of the industry, competitive benefits, and the opportunity for everyone to grow within the company”.
This strike comes after last December the same group of workers, which goes by the name of ‘Amazonians United’, launched a petition that included a similar set of demands.