Amazon warehouse workers plan walkout in NYC due to COVID-19 fear
Category: #retail  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2020-04-01
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Amazon warehouse workers plan walkout in NYC due to COVID-19 fear

A group of Amazon workers at its New York City facility reportedly held a walk out and went on strike over the lack of safety protocols by the e-Commerce giant, amid COVID-19 pandemic concerns. These workers further demanded an immediate shut down of the facility as well as stringent deep cleaning measures to avoid further spread of the virus, which has already claimed the lives of nearly 800 people in NYC.

Chris Smalls, Amazon’s employee at fulfillment center in Staten Island borough and organizer of the walkout, has stated that the employees are terrified to go to work over the fear of catching the virus from possible exposure to people who are still unaware of being infected. He further expressed frustration over how the employers are handling the situation. For instance, an employee with suspected infection was reportedly sent home from work on Tuesday, however, was told to return to work until tested positive for coronavirus.

Additionally, the company has allegedly failed to reveal the exact number of employees infected by the virus in recent days. At the factory that employs nearly 4,000 people, Smalls has revealed his awareness of 7 positive cases, while the management has allegedly confirmed only one positive case. Despite Smalls’ expectation of around 50-100 employees joining the strike, a far lower number actually participated in the walkout staged to ensure safe social distancing.

The company has responded to the claims made by Smalls, which it referred to as groundless claims that it has put the workers in jeopardy. Amazon reiterated that it has been focusing on ensuring the health and safety of the employees at its fulfillment center while serving the most vulnerable communities with its services. It also has reportedly provided safety supplies and made changes to ensure the workers in the factory are at safe distances from one another. It has also increased the amount of hourly wages from $17.50 to $23 at the factory in Staten Island in addition to offering extended leave for full-time employees.

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https://abcnews.go.com/Business/people-afraid-amazon-warehouse-workers-york-walk-off/story?id=69871849



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