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In July 2019, Ethical Consumer viewed an article on The Guardian website dated to the 15th July 2019 and titled: 'Prime Day: activists protest against Amazon in cities across US'.

The article stated: "Activists, immigrants and Amazon employees demonstrated against the e-commerce giant on its annual Prime Day, protesting against its labor practices and its involvement with US authorities’ deportation efforts.

"Activists say Amazon should not be profiting off the yearly sale event while its workers struggle for better work conditions and its technology is being used to deport immigrants.

"Protesters delivered to Jeff Bezos’s home in Manhattan on Monday 250,000 petitions calling on Amazon to cut ties with government agencies responsible for deportation... Amazon Web Services hosts Department of Homeland Security databases that allow the department and its agencies to track and apprehend immigrants. The company is also in talks to expand a partnership to host new DHS biometric databases that store more extensive data, including eye color, tattoos and other identifiers.

"In addition to the immigration-related protests against Amazon, warehouse workers plan to walk out of the company’s fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, for six hours on Monday to demand better working conditions."

A further Google search found that in June, workers at the company also sent Jeff Bezos a letter asking him to stop selling the company’s Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement. The group, going under the strap-line ‘We Won’t Build It’, highlighted the US Authorities’ zero-tolerance approach at its boarders, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents.

Prime Day protests in seven US cities also highlighted the company’s poor treatment of workers. Those on strike in Minnesota criticised the company for unrealistic productivity quotas, safety concerns, and the job insecurity for temporary workers, according to an article published by Forbes titled 'Amazon Prime Day Protests By Workers Demonstrate Continued Tension Inside The E-Commerce Goliath' and dated to 9 July 2019.

GMB Union members in Doncaster similarly protested on Prime Day against “unsafe” and “appalling” working conditions at the company’s warehouse, an article on The Guardian website titled 'Union stages final protest over 'horrific' Amazon work practices' and dated to 22 July 2019.

The company lost half a mark under Human Rights and Workers' Rights.


Prime Day: activists protest against Amazon in cities across US (15 July 2019)