AMAZON workers are expected to walk off the job during one of the company’s biggest sales.
Spanish labour unions have called for around 1,000 staff members to strike for three days – right in the middle of Amazon Prime Day.
If the strike goes ahead, it will be a huge blow to the company as they gear up to the sales that sees the prices of thousands of items slashed.
Workers are expected to walk out en masse from the San Fernando warehouse on the outskirts of Madrid – Amazon’s biggest in Spain, on July 16, 17 and 18, to coincide with the sales.
Douglas Harper, a representative of the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union told Reuters the union primarily objected to wage cuts, working conditions and restrictions on time off.
He said: “Strikes aren’t good for anyone, not the company, the workers or the customers, but we need to keep putting pressure on local management.”
It will be the second walk-out this year at the warehouse.
Prime Day is a one-day-only global shopping event – with Amazon bosses promising”thousands of amazing deals worldwide”.
The event is an annual celebration of Amazon’s anniversary.
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Amazon said in a statement: “Amazon’s total pay is at the high end of the range in the logistics sector, it includes an attractive salary and an extensive benefits package.”
Amazon ran its first Prime Day in 2015, for its 20th anniversary, and it was so successful that the company decided to make it an annual affair.
This year Amazon Prime Day will start at midday July 16.
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