Amazon readies for a strike outside its Seattle HQ

Amazon is in for a not so good public relations event. The e-commerce leader may have a strike on its hands at its Seattle headquarters, according to a new report. Employees who have already participated in strikes at fulfillment centers in Germany planned to organize the next one at the company’s headquarters today.

German workers are disputing how the company treats them; they feel like Amazon treat them like robots and not humans. No one has a clue to what the employees are looking to gain from the strike.

Unfortunately, the man in charge over in Germany seemed really dismissive of the workers, with comments obtained by Reuters.

Ralf Kleber, the top Amazon executive in Germany, dismissed the strikers in a recent interview with Reuters, saying the walkout did not slow down deliveries. He also said the workers were largely unskilled and had been unemployed for a long time, with the implication that they should be grateful to be working for Amazon.

We’re not sure what’s going on, but Jeff Bezos needs to get whole of this before it becomes a larger issue. Amazon prides itself as a friendly company, so it’s not a good look when employees are striking for being mistreated. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops in the weeks and months to come. That said, this is not the thing any company wants to go through during the busiest time of the year.

[NYT; via CNET]


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