Make Amazon Pay, a combination of unions, nongovernmental organisations, and grassroots groups, is holding a day of strikes and protests across twenty nations on Black Friday, asking that Amazon Pay a livable wage, taxes, and reparations for its environmental effect. The action takes place on the planet, which is the level of Amazon’s operations. While the tech and logistics firm is headquartered in the United States, it has a global workforce of 1.3 million employees, which does not include the numerous workers who are hired through subcontractors. Resistance to Amazon must also cross borders.
“These groups represent a variety of interests,” Kelly Nantel, Amazon’s director of national media relations, said Motherboard, which first reported on the Black Friday protests. Indeed, that is the point. The initiatives span Amazon’s supply chain, from garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia to delivery drivers in Italy, as well as the River Club development site in Cape Town, South Africa, where Amazon plans to establish Africa’s Amazon headquarters.