Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota are planning to strike during Prime Day later this month, marking the first time a walkout has been hosted in the US during its vital sales event.
According to Bloomberg, workers at Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Shakopee are planning to stage a six-hour walkout on July 15, the first of the retailer’s 48-hour Prime Day event.
“Amazon is going to be telling one story about itself, which is they can ship a Kindle to your house in one day, isn’t that wonderful,” Amazon employee William Stolz, who is organising the strike, said.
“We want to take the opportunity to talk about what it takes to make that work happen and put pressure on Amazon to protect us and provide safe, reliable jobs.”
The strike is planned to take place for three hours at the end of the day shift, and a further three hours at the start of the night shift, while workers plan to rally outside the facility in the afternoon.
They are reportedly calling for the retailer to take more action against climate change, ease quotas and make its temporary workers more permanent employees.
Notably, in a vote of solidarity, a number of white-collar tech employees and engineers will fly to Minnesota to join the demonstration in hopes it will make it harder for Amazon to ignore demands.
Workers are also claiming that their activism earlier this year was illegally punished by Amazon and have filed a pair of complaints to the National Labor Relations Board.