Amazon, the global leader in e-commerce retailing, is facing a tough time in Europe, as over 1,000 of its employees in Spain have decided to go on a three-day strike next week, citing wage issues and worker rights as the reason behind their agitation.
As per a leading media house, the protest is scheduled to be held at the San Fernando warehouse located in the outer part of Madrid which is Amazon’s biggest space in the country. The staffers will protest from July 16 to 18, and move is seen to significantly affect the e-retailer’s much anticipated 36-hour sale.
Notably, this will be the second such strike from Amazon employees in the region, which houses the majority of its 1,600 workers.
Amazon issued a statement on the call for protest and elucidated that the brand’s total pay is at the high end of the range in the logistics sector that offers an attractive wage and an extended benefits package.
Douglas Harper, a representative of the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union told media that the union had raised objections over wage cuts, working conditions and restrictions on time off. “We are also against strikes, as it affects the company, the employees and above all our valued consumers, but we had to put pressure on the local management,” he added.
Reportedly, Amazon recently said that it would employee 1,600 people on permanent basis in Spain this year. It remains to be seen how much this protest affects the retailer’s upcoming global Prime-day sale.