While Amazon is busy hyping up this year’s Prime Day extravaganza, its workers will be drawing attention to more serious issues than price cuts. Staff at a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota will hold six hours of strikes on July 15th (the start of Prime Day) to demand less stringent quotas and the conversion of more temporary workers into permanent employees. The quotas make the work dangerous and unreliable, according to the workers, and permanent work will help create a “livable future.” Workers in the US have protested before (including a December protest in Minnesota over support for East African workers), but not during crucial sales days — you’ve only really seen that practice in Europe until now.
The company has declined to comment on the strike.
It’s not certain how Amazon will respond. Although Amazon isn’t likely to face a major disruption due to the sheer number of fulfillment centers in the US, the strike could draw attention to ongoing worries that Amazon is demanding too much from its staff and putting them on a tight leash.