Amazon wants police to force its employees back to work

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Amazon wants police to force its employees back to work

Post by fwiw » Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:07 pm

Amazon reportedly left police in Spain 'dumbfounded' by asking them to intervene in a mass warehouse strike and patrol worker productivity

https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon- ... 18-11?IR=T
Amazon asked police in Spain to intervene in a mass strike on Friday by enforcing worker productivity inside a Madrid warehouse, according to local reports.
Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe went on strike on Black Friday in protest of the working conditions at warehouses.
Spanish police were "dumbfounded" by Amazon's request, which they categorically rejected, according to El Confidencial.
Amazon denied the allegation, calling the reports "ludicrous suggestions."

Amazon asked police in Spain to intervene in a mass strike at a warehouse on the outskirts of Madrid, according to local reports.

Amazon wanted a police presence at the warehouse to ensure that productivity remained high within the fulfilment center, while workers staged their protest outside, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.

A source at Spanish union CCOO, which helped coordinate the strikes, told Business Insider that Amazon "wanted to send the police inside the warehouse to push people to work."

Amazon strongly denied the claims and called it "the worst kind of misinformation."

The dispute erupted as thousands of Amazon workers across Europe staged strikes on Black Friday in protest of warehouse working conditions. Some 1,600 staff walked out in Spain.

Read more: 'We are not robots': Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe are striking on Black Friday over warehouse working conditions

Spanish newspaper El Confidencial reported that Amazon met with police officials after the strike was announced. It wanted local officers "to force employees to go to their respective jobs and ensure their performance was identical to that of a normal working day."

Amazon's request "dumbfounded" police, according to El Confidencial. "The request was categorically rejected by the police, who maintained that controlling labour productivity doesn't fall within its powers," a police source said.

Law enforcement officials reportedly emphasized to Amazon that Spanish law protects workers' right to strike. They told the company that police would be present at the strike but would limit themselves to keeping the peace.
Police presence at an Amazon warehouse on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, on Black Friday 2018. AP

Amazon denied that it had asked police to intervene in the strike. A spokeswoman told Business Insider:

"Amazon is a responsible business that puts its customers and associates first. We always work with public authorities, including the police, to ensure the safety of our people and our operations.

"However any suggestion that we have used this relationship in an improper way is categorically wrong. Anyone who understands the way businesses and local authorities work will know that these ludicrous suggestions are the worst kind of misinformation."

Madrid police were unavailable for comment.

This is not the first time Amazon has asked police to intervene in Amazon warehouse protests in Spain, El Confidencial notes. When workers went on strike on Prime Day in July, Amazon asked police to guarantee workers access across the picket line and to trucks carrying merchandise. The strikes in July resulted in clashes with police, including some arrests.
I believe that would have fit the textbook definition of fascism
... in my opinion (<- meaning unless one is talking about something one has been a direct witness of, every single thing anyone ever says is no more than an opinion. Also, don't ask me to do your research for you)

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Re: Amazon wants police to force its employees back to work

Post by chownah » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:42 am

This is incredible!!!! I can't wait until this news hits the mainstream media.......unless of course there is a conspiracy to cover this us.....maybe we should start working on developing a conspiracy theory to explain why it hasnt' been reported in the main media if in fact it does not get covered there.
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Re: Amazon wants police to force its employees back to work

Post by chownah » Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:28 am

I've looked around somewhat and have not found any media reports that substantiate the allegations made by the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial and the Spanish union CCOO. I found some reports which refer to the El Confidencial newspaper article but none of these provided new information or clarification of anything.

I think it is notable that neither the newspaper nor the union (as far as I can tell) have given the source for this information nor have they named any names of the actual people involved.

I'm hesitant to call this fake news but it really does look that way from the lack of any supporting evidence.....I think that a claim of this magnitude would be well known among all the media and that at least some of them would have checked it out and brought some details....but as far as I know this has not happened.....so.....I'm going to chalk this up to fake news unless someone can bring some further input.

I guess that El Conficencial should be put on the less reliable side of our evaluations of news outlets.....I certainly have put it there.
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Re: Amazon wants police to force its employees back to work

Post by fwiw » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:27 am

It was not reported by CNN. Therefore it didn't happen
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Re: Amazon wants police to force its employees back to work

Post by chownah » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:41 am

It wasn't handled by any news media except for to comment that there were allegations made in el confidentiel the spanish website and there have been no actual people mentioned who supposedly did this. How did el confidentiel and the union get their information? and why can't others have access to it too? So it is unlikely that it happened.
Anyone who thinks it did happen should look for some facts and bring them here.....without that I will continue to think of it as being false reporting.
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