By Helena Smolak

 

Amazon.com faces strikes in the U.S. and Europe on Friday, hitting the e-commerce giant at the start of a busy holiday shopping weekend as labor unrest picks up on both sides of the Atlantic.

Warehouse workers and drivers plan strikes on Black Friday in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy and Spain to demand better wages and working conditions, according to the UNI Global Union, a global union federation focused on the services sector with affiliated organizations from 150 countries. Further protests by climate activists and workers are planned in other countries, the UNI Global Union said.

The planned demonstrations could disrupt supply chains and prevent merchandise from reaching Amazon on Black Friday as the U.S. e-commerce giant aims to boost sales during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year. Amazon had advertised 10 days of holiday discounts from Nov. 17 to Nov. 27.

An Amazon Germany spokesman said strikes won't affect deliveries.

"We offer great pay and benefits for our employees, with great career opportunities, and provide a modern and safe working environment for all," an Amazon U.K. spokesman said.

 

Write to Helena Smolak at helena.smolak@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 24, 2023 05:54 ET (10:54 GMT)

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