The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Amazon CamperForce

Dec 11, 2017

Amazon hires about 1400 workers during the Christmas rush who live in campers, vans, or RVs, and move from place to place – most because they can’t afford a permanent home. Amazon pays them $11.50 an hour for temporary warehouse jobs. It calls this group of workers “CamperForce”.

In the 1800s, there were lots of migrant workers. After workers fought for better conditions, there was a time when having a job usually meant you could afford a permanent place to live. It shows you how far back the companies have pushed the working class that so many people are forced to be migrant workers once again.