28 April 2020 - 12:00

Amazon Workers Say Warehouse Health Precautions Are Insufficient

Over the weekend, workers at MSP1—an Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota—walked off the job just after midnight to protest the upcoming end of Amazon’s unlimited unpaid time off (UPT) policy and the firing of a worker who had stayed home with her children. The UPT benefit, which was implemented in early March in response to Covid-19, and which allows workers to stay home without pay if they feel sick, is set to expire at the end of April.

› source:  Jewish Currents
25 April 2020 - 12:00

Amazon loses appeal against worker safety ruling in France that prompted it to close

Amazon will keep its French distribution centers shut down through April 28 after losing its appeal against a court ruling that prompted it to suspend deliveries in France last week.

9 April 2020 - 12:00

Amazon, contemplating coronavirus tests for all employees, begins building its own testing lab

With an eye toward possibly testing all of its employees for coronavirus, Amazon said Thursday it is building a testing lab.

“A team of Amazonians with a variety of skills — from research scientists and program managers to procurement specialists and software engineers — have moved from their normal day jobs onto a dedicated team to work on this initiative,” the Seattle-based company said in a corporate blog post.

8 April 2020 - 12:00

U.S. senators question Amazon CEO about firing of warehouse protest leader

Five Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wrote Amazon.com Inc to raise concern about its firing of a worker who protested warehouse operations during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters.

28 March 2020 - 12:00

Primo caso di coronavirus in un centro Amazon italiano

Primo caso accertato di contagio da Coronavirus all'interno di un centro distribuzione di Amazon in Italia. È accaduto nelle ore scorse presso lo stabilimento FCO1 di Passo Corese, in provincia di Rieti, dove operano circa 1500 persone.

› source:  La Stampa
27 March 2020 - 12:00

Amazon Castel San Giovanni, c'è l'accordo sulla sicurezza. Sciopero terminato

E' stato siglato l'accordo tra azienda e parti sociali nella sede di Castel San Giovanni (Piacenza). Ritirati lo stato di agitazione e gli scioperi. L'intesa arrivata dopo 11 giorni di sciopero. "E’ stata una trattativa lunga e soprattutto onerosa per i lavoratori che hanno sostenuto lo sciopero da lunedì 16 marzo ad oggi, 27 marzo", ricordano Filcams Cgil, Fisascat Cisl, Uiltucs Uilt e Ugl Terziario in una nota unitaria.

› source:  Rassegna Sindacale
24 March 2020 - 12:00

Restrizioni anche alla logistica dall’ordinanza. Prosegue lo sciopero ad Amazon

Che riduzioni delle attività sono previste per la logistica piacentina alla luce dell’ordinanza emessa dalla Regione Emilia Romagna?

Nel provvedimento c’è scritto che “possono proseguire le attività di logistica e magazzino limitatamente alla gestione di merci la cui ricezione, immagazzinamento, lavorazione e spedizione (anche finalizzata alla vendita al dettaglio attraverso piattaforme di vendita al dettaglio on line) è connessa ad attività o filiere riguardanti beni essenziali compresi nell’allegato del Dpcm dell’11 marzo scorso, che prevede un elenco di attività di commercio al dettaglio che non vengono sospese, da ipermercati, supermercati, discount alle ferramenta e agli articoli per animali”. Un impianto che presuppone l’esclusione di quei beni voluttuario e comunque non considerati essenziali (semplificando le consegne di “scarpe e abbigliamento” parrebbero da fermare).

› source:  PiacenzaSera
20 March 2020 - 12:00

Senators urge Jeff Bezos to give Amazon warehouse workers sick leave, hazard pay

Four senators sent a letter to Amazon urging the company to better protect warehouse workers during the coronavirus outbreak. 

In a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Friday, Sens. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, urged him to provide paid sick leave and time-and-a-half hazard pay for its workers, among other measures. 

› source:  Cnbc by Annie Palmer
14 March 2020 - 12:00

Amazon, la sicurezza non è un clic

I lavoratori minacciano lo sciopero e l’azienda corre ai ripari. Succede in Amazon, dove due giorni fa alle rassicurazioni dell’azienda, all’esposizione delle regole di contrasto del contagio da coronavirus in tutti i locali, alle dichiarazioni di rispetto delle nuove normative non erano seguiti provvedimenti concreti per garantire la sicurezza della salute dei dipendenti negli stabilimenti. E dopo la proclamazione dello stato di agitazione da parte di Filt e Nidil Cgil, il colosso dell’e-commerce ha cambiato atteggiamento. 

3 March 2020 - 12:00

Amazon confirms first coronavirus diagnosis among US employees

Bloomberg reports that Amazon emailed workers to let them know an employee had tested positive for coronavirus. The company confirmed the employee worked in Seattle, at its South Lake Union office and went home sick on February 25th. They're not the first Amazon employee confirmed to test positive for the virus, after two people in Italy, and the company has already limited travel plans and backed out of events like GDC.

25 February 2020 - 12:00

Amazon opens its first cashierless grocery store

Today Amazon is opening its first grocery store to pilot the use of the retailer’s cashierless “Just Walk Out” technology that has previously powered 25 Amazon Go convenience stores in a handful of major U.S. metros. Based in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle, the new Amazon Go Grocery store allows customers to shop for everyday grocery items like fresh produce, meat, seafood, bakery items, household essentials, dairy, easy-to-make dinner options, beer, wine and spirits, and more.

21 February 2020 - 12:00

The Talent War: Walmart And Amazon Compete For A Better Workplace

With unemployment at record lows, the retail industry is facing a talent shortage. And the persistent perception that retail is a “lousy job” based on the physicality of moving and standing for long periods, unpredictable hours, often lower pay, and lately, worker safety (both behind the scenes as well as front of the house) is pitting Walmart against Amazon once again, this time in the race for talent.

› source:  Forbes by Greg Petro
13 February 2020 - 12:00

Il ricorso di Amazon sospende la commessa del Pentagono assegnata a Microsoft

Un tribunale federale degli Stati Uniti ha ordinato al Pentagono di sospendere l'esecuzione del mega-contratto di archiviazione di dati online da 10 miliardi di dollari, la cui assegnazione a Microsoft a fine ottobre era stata pesantemente contestata da Amazon.

› source:  Agi
11 February 2020 - 12:00

Amazon investe 140 milioni ed entro l’anno inaugurerà altri 2 poli logistici

Amazon in Italia aggiunge altri due poli logistici al proprio network : si tratta del centri di distribuzione di Castelguglielmo e San Bellino, in provincia di Rovigo; il secondo magazzino invece avrà sede a Colleferro, comune della città metropolitana di Roma. Entrambi hanno richiesto un investimento complessivo di 140 milioni, saranno operativi a partire dall’autunno di quest’anno e creeranno più di 1.400 posti di lavoro. Tra gli elementi caratterizzanti degli immobili attualmente in fase di ultimazione spiccano soluzioni per il risparmio energetico e altre tecnologie sostenibili.

10 February 2020 - 12:00

Mobile World Congress 2020, anche Amazon rinuncia a causa del coronavirus

Il colosso di Seattle si aggiunge alle defezioni di Sony, Nvidia, Ericsson e LG. Il Gsma ha assicurato che il congresso si terrà "come previsto": attese 2800 visitatori

› source:  Repupplica.it
7 February 2020 - 12:00

Walmart Challenges Amazon With ‘Less Is More’ Strategy

Walmart continues to bring differentiated offerings to the market in an effort to compete against Amazon, and it’s clearly no longer just about catching up

› source:  Forbes, by Greg Petro
5 February 2020 - 12:00

‘I'm not a robot’: Amazon workers condemn unsafe, grueling conditions at warehouse

Employees under pressure to work faster call on retail giant to improve conditions – and take their complaints seriously

3 February 2020 - 12:00

More retailers file for bankruptcy twice as they struggle with rising debt, pressure from Amazon

In the last decade, numerous retail chains have filed for bankruptcy protection twice. Examples include Barneys New York, RadioShack, Wet Seal and American Apparel. It’s a scenario that’s getting more common for traditional retailers as they find themselves under pressure from a sea change in where and how people are shopping.

› source:  Cnbc, by Lauren Thomas
27 January 2020 - 12:00

Amazon employees risk their jobs by criticizing the company for its role in climate crisis

In May last year, Amazon employees publicly pressured their employer to take action and responsibility for their contribution to the climate crisis in a rally outside of its stakeholders meeting. Since then, the company warned two workers that they could face termination if they continue to violate Amazon’s “external communications policy

› source:  TNW, Cara Curtis
14 January 2020 - 12:00

Amazon Blamed Donald Trump

The e-commerce giant has blamed U.S. President Donald Trump of exerting “improper pressure” and bias that led the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract to Microsoft.

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