The Spark

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

Amazon Workers Organize in Spain

Jun 11, 2018

Nearly 2,000 workers at Amazon’s San Fernando de Henares warehouse in Madrid, half of them temporaries, went on strike for two days in March. Ninety-five percent of the workers participated in the strike, which included meetings and picket lines in very cold wind.

Amazon wants to end the 2015 contract with the warehouse’s four unions, and impose a regional contract that cuts sick leave days, reduces raises and overtime pay, and divides the workforce even more.

A week or so after the strike, the company announced a raise. But two weeks later, Amazon shifted work away from the warehouse to other facilities and laid off 100 temporary workers.

Organizing and strike actions will have to spread to the other workplaces in order to win against this corporation which makes over two billion dollars profit per year.