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Black Friday strikes and protests target Amazon in 20 countries



Black Friday strikes and protests target Amazon in 20 countries

This Black Friday, a coalition of trade unions, non-governmental organizations and grassroots groups has joined under the name make Amazon pay organizes a day of strikes and protests targeting Amazon in 20 countries, demanding the company pay a living wage, taxes and compensation for its environmental impact.

The action takes place at the level of Amazon’s operations: the planet. Although the technology and logistics company is based in the United States, it operates globally and employs some 1.3 million people worldwide, not counting the many employees employed by subcontractors. So resistance to Amazon must also cross borders.

The Make Amazon Pay coalition launched a Black Friday day of action last year, but this year the coalition’s reach will be wider, with protests and strikes planned in 20 countries. The coalition says the day of action will range from “oil refineries, to factories, to warehouses, to data centers, to corporate offices,” highlighting Amazon’s far-reaching, less visible weapons.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example, generates the majority of the company’s profits and partners with both the fossil fuel industry and the military, but its data centers are much less visible than its warehouse and delivery operations. With its protests outside oil refineries, Make Amazon Pay hopes to change that. As Kelly Nantel, director of national media relations at Amazon, told Motherboard, who first reported on the Black Friday promotions: “These groups represent different interests.” Indeed, that’s the point.

“The Make Amazon Pay coalition is a very diverse group of workers and their allies in many different activist silos,” said Casper Gelderblom, the Make Amazon Pay coordinator for Progressive International, a transnational organization of left-wing activists that helps coordinate day of action together with UNI Global Union, a labor federation affiliated with some 150 unions representing 20 million workers. “The way the campaign was born was by recognizing that Amazon is both a transnational and a transversal entity. If you want to take a stand against a huge entity like Amazon, you have to mirror its own structure.”

“On global action days like Black Friday, we see the movement seeking to change the rules of our economy and challenge corporate power grow bolder and stronger,” said Christy Hoffman, general secretary of UNI Global Union. “More and more people are asking more questions about Amazon’s brutal anti-union behavior, antisocial tax evasion and obsession with control.”

The actions criss-cross Amazon’s supply chain, ranging from garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia to deliverers in Italy to the River Club development site in Cape Town, South Africa, where Amazon hopes to build Amazon’s headquarters in Africa. In addition to employee actions, Make Amazon Pay highlights eight locations “to reflect the depth of Amazon’s abuse and the scale and unity of resistance against it.” These are an oil refinery in Latin America, a factory in Asia, a container ship in Latin America, a warehouse in North America, a truck depot in Europe, a regional office in Africa and a Ministry of Finance in Europe.

Bangladesh and Cambodia are all about the ill-treatment of workers by companies that produce clothing for Amazon’s consumer lines – while Amazon is a marketplace for third-party sellers, it also produces quite a few of its own private label products. Garment workers in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong will demonstrate about break union by Global Garments, and in Cambodia, the workers of the shuttered Hulu Garment factory will continue their campaign Amazon and other factory-supplied companies are demanding that they pay the $3.6 million they owe in severance.

“There have been union-breaking campaigns in Bangladesh that Amazon has at least turned a blind eye to, reminiscent in their form to the struggles we see in Bessemer, Alabama, for example,” said Gelderblom. “The fate of the working class is connected – in general, but also specifically in this struggle.”

Amazon workers in Italy have proven to be one of the most organized members of the company’s workforce: Last month, warehouse workers were involved in a one-day strike that prompted the company agree to some degree of recognition of the trade unions in the field of vacancies and training. This Black Friday, thousands of delivery drivers will start their own one-day strike, demanding a lower workload and a more sustainable pace. While these drivers don’t work directly for Amazon – as they do in the United States, they work for outside contractors – they are nevertheless an important part of the company’s business.

The day of action comes as the organization moves against Amazon in the United States, where the company is on track to soon become the country’s largest employer. US-based groups involved in the Black Friday protests include the Athena Coalition, Oxfam and the Sunrise Movement. While the road to reining in the business is fraught with obstacles, there are hopeful signs even here. Amazon was in California earlier this month fined $500,000 for hiding COVID-19 cases from its warehouse workers. The organization of the independent Amazon Labor Union continues on Staten Island (just as the company’s union breakdown, both in New York and in Bessemer, Alabama, where a repeat of the recent union election is looming).

Perhaps most importantly, a reform plan just won Teamsters’ leadership election on a platform of organizing Amazon workers and including the United Parcel Service (UPS) when the union’s contract, which includes roughly a quarter of a million workers , ready for negotiation. The two boards are interrelated: It will take a fight at UPS, right through to a strike that would be the biggest private sector work stoppage of my life, to land a contract better than the weak a Teamsters leadership undemocratic continued into 2018, and by strengthening the position of UPS employees, the Teamsters can also take on Amazon.

“This movement is increasingly succeeding in becoming international,” says Gelderblom:

Many of the defining issues of our time, whether it be income inequality or climate destruction, are intrinsically international in nature. If you want to challenge power at a fundamental level, you have to find each other, coordinate together and create broad transformative change at that transnational level. We have to meet capital at its level, which is global.

If the boss is the best organizer, as we sometimes say in the labor movement, Jeff Bezos can ultimately become a big part of the story of how the international labor movement is being rebuilt.


Trump Accidentally Releases Statement Destroying His Own ‘Dumb’ Election Lies




Trump Accidentally Releases Statement Destroying His Own 'Dumb' Election Lies

The twice-indicted former President Donald Trump made a brief statement Saturday night that appeared to inadvertently disprove his own long-running (and false) claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from him. “Anyone who doesn’t think there was no mass voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election is either very stupid or very corrupt!” read the statement.

Trump’s (apparently) coincidental double-negative means the opposite of what Trump and countless conservatives have falsely claimed about the 2020 presidential outcome. During the end of his presidency, Trump led a failed, anti-democratic and sometimes deadly GOP crusade based on allegations of electoral fraud, to try to undo Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. Trump and several figures in the Republican Party have continued to push these lies in their efforts to conduct an increasing number of election and voting campaigns across the country.

Trump spokespersons did not respond to messages Saturday seeking clarification as to whether the ex-president and current GOP leader meant the opposite of what he said in his written statement, or whether Trump actually admitted that he was either incredibly stupid or was astonishingly corrupt.


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Amazon deals Get Razer headsets, Logitech keyboards and Roccat mice




Amazon deals Get Razer headsets, Logitech keyboards and Roccat mice

This Week’s Amazon Deals Post Features Incredible Accessories

As the end of the year approaches, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc outside our homes. This means we all play a lot of games while sitting at home. Don’t worry if you’re looking for a new mouse, keyboard, headset or other gaming accessory. As we’ve been saying for the past few months, we know how you feel and have just what you need to fill that void in your gaming setup. In other words, there’s a wealth of cool stuff waiting for you in this week’s Amazon Deals post, including Razer Gaming Headsets, Logitech Gaming Keyboards, and Roccat Gaming Mice. All of these accessories are convenient and affordable, and we’re here to make sure you find exactly what you need. Here are ten great Amazon deals designed to take your gaming experience to the next level.

Logitech G502 HERO Wired Gaming Mouse – $39.99 ($2.51 off)

Logitech G502 HERO Premium Wired Gaming Mouse

Logitech G915 TKL Tenkeyless Wireless Gaming Keyboard – $178.06 ($51.93 off)

Logitech G915 TKL Tenkeyless Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse – $99.99 ($50.00 off)

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

Razer BlackShark V2 X Gaming Headset – $39.99 ($20.00 off)

Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – $79.99 ($50.00 off)

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini Keyboard – $149.99 ($30.00 off)

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Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Gaming Laptop – $1,299.99 ($500.00 off)

Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Gaming Laptop

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset – $139.99 ($40.00 off)

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset

Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse – $19.99 ($30.00 off)

Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse

ROCCAT Kone AIMO Gaming Mouse – $59.99 ($20.00 off)

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Did you pick up some new stuff this weekend? If so, let us know in the comments below, or drop us a line facebook and tweet. After letting us know, be sure to come back tomorrow. By then, we’ll have a new Amazon deals post this weekend featuring some of the best game deals across all platforms. And of course don’t forget to share these deals with your friends and fellow gamers so they can get the most out of their setup too!

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Fortnite Chapter 3’s new map features new locations and weather effects




Fortnite Chapter 3's new map features new locations and weather effects

Fortnite‘s new chapter has begun and it brought with it a whole new map. FortniteThe overhauled island has several new locations, new weather effects and new weapons, but it’s still a big old island Fortnite card, so it should still look familiar.

The new island is closely tied to the season’s Battle Pass, which features Spider-Man prominently. The arrival of Marvel’s web garland has also inspired its own location on the new map. One of the biggest Spider-Man references in Chapter 3 is the huge Daily Bugle office building. There are also other new areas such as Sanctuary, which serves as the base for The Seven – the secret organization behind some of the biggest events in the greater Fortnite story.

Spider-Man also helped inspire one of Fortnite Also the new mechanics of Chapter 3: swing. Starting December 11, players will be able to swing from high places with Spider-Man’s iconic web shooters. Fortnite, but that seems a little less Spider-Man inspired.

FortniteThe new island also received an environmental upgrade from previous maps with its weather effects. The new map features rain showers, lightning, and even tornadoes that can suck you in and throw you out again. Chapter 3 also comes with a host of new weapons, including various assault rifles, shotguns, and sniper rifles.

Of course, as with every new season, Epic has made dozens of other changes. To get an idea of ​​everything new in Fortnite Chapter 3 season 1 you can download the . to look at Epic’s full sample post.

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