Cyber Monday is a day filled with many online sales to keep online shoppers adding products to their carts.
What happens after these products are sold? They have to be shipped.
One of the biggest e-commerce retailers is Amazon.com and hundreds of thousands of the company’s warehouse workers nationwide spent Cyber Monday packaging products.
Not all were at work however. Many rallied outside of Amazon CEO’s Jeff Bezos’ apartment.
As reported in a Yahoo Finance article, “This is the time when people are shopping the most, when Amazon makes the most money,” said Hiba Aly, 20, a former worker at an Amazon warehouse who attended the rally. “We won’t be quiet until workers are treated as human beings, not robots.”
It was last month that a nationwide anti-Amazon organization called Athena had launched, which is made up of about 40 community and labor groups.
“Convenience is a good thing, but we need the perspective that Amazon’s convenience means the livelihoods of people are getting hurt, from workers to communities to our economy and our democracy,” says Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director of the New York City-based community advocacy group ALIGN, which is a member organization of Athena. “That’s the importance of Cyber Monday.”
“What do these low prices mean for the livelihoods of Amazon workers?” she asked.
Yahoo Finance Reporter Krystal Hu had an interview inside an Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville, New Jersey, with Amazon Spokeswoman Alison Flicker.
Flicker described the worker protests as “small events” that “are not representative of the thousands of people who love working for Amazon.
“The folks working at our fulfillment centers, these are the heart and soul of our company, and we pay really close attention to the safety and security of these folks,” she told Hu. “We’ve invested millions of dollars in this and will continue to do so.”
Disclaimer: We have no position in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and have not been compensated for this article.