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Amazon Faces Climate Protests and Labor Actions on Black Friday

HeadlineNov 29, 2021

In Britain, climate justice activists blocked over a dozen Amazon distribution centers on Black Friday — one of the busiest shopping days of the year — denouncing the online retail giant for perpetuating “obsessive overconsumption.” This is an activist with Extinction Rebellion.

Daisy Pearson: “The reality is that we can’t tackle the climate crisis without addressing the culture of greed and exploitation that got us here in the first place. COP26 has just been and gone and failed, because it was not designed to address the wider economic system that relies on this unlimited economic growth at the expense of our natural resources.”

Amazon worker strikes on Black Friday were reported in Germany, France and Italy.

In more labor news, unionized staff at The New York Times’ product review site Wirecutter launched a five-day strike ahead of Black Friday and called for a reader boycott as contract negotiations continue.

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