Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Public Services Card: Some still forced to comply

offsite link Catholic Church: Dark influence still active Anthony

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy Anthony

offsite link Presumption of innocence does not universally apply in Ireland Anthony

offsite link The poor standard of Irish political journalism Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Poll Shows Trump?s Israel Policy Is Opposed Even By Republicans Tue Nov 19, 2019 18:36 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog On Monday, November 18th, Reuters headlined ?U.S. backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians and clouding peace process? and reported that, ?The United States

offsite link China, Bolivia and Venezuela are proof that social democracy cannot thrive in the global capitalist ... Tue Nov 19, 2019 08:00 | The Saker
By Jeff J. Brown for The Saker Blog Crosslinked with: https://chinarising.puntopr... https://youtu.be/ngJxuqdZ8SI https://soundcloud.com/44-d... Pictured above: The US orchestrated coup in Bolivia is being led by White supremist, fascist, Christian fundamentalists,

offsite link Message for my Latin American friends (in the form of a song) UPDATED 2x! Tue Nov 19, 2019 01:12 | The Saker
Dear friends, I have to admit that I am absolutely heartbroken at the news coming out of Latin America.  Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia –

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/11/18 ? Open Thread Mon Nov 18, 2019 23:00 | Herb Swanson
2019/11/18 23:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Putin announces the death of the dollar, and soon? Mon Nov 18, 2019 22:51 | The Saker

The Saker >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link 51:49 Johnson Corbyn debate 00:08 Wed Nov 20, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link ?Non-ideological? ideology. 09:52 Tue Nov 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The Impact Of The Troubles On The Republic Of Ireland ? The Last Word with Matt Cooper 08:14 Tue Nov 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Healthcare and ideology 08:11 Tue Nov 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Climate Crisis II 12:44 Mon Nov 18, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Madrid Police "Dumbfounded" After Amazon Called The Cops On Striking Workers

category international | worker & community struggles and protests | other press author Tuesday November 27, 2018 22:31author by 1 of indy Report this post to the editors

This is an interesting article from ZeroHedge describing what

As thousands of Amazon workers across Europe joined in coordinated strikes to protest the company's infamously "inhumane" working conditions - threatening the e-commerce giant's Black Friday operations - the company resorted to a tactic that hasn't been employed to resolve labor disputes in the West in a very long time: It called the police.

According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial (https://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/2018-11-22/amazon-black-fri...1070/ ), police in Madrid were "dumbfounded" when Amazon asked them to intervene during a strike at one of the company's warehouses on the outskirts of the city. The company wanted the police presence to keep productivity high, or at least comparable to that of a normal working day.

A spokesman for one of the labor unions that helped coordinate the strike told Business Insider that Amazon "wanted to send the police inside the warehouse to push people to work."

Amazon denied the reports, calling them the "worst kind of misinformation." But the company's history of labor abuses has been well documented in both the US and Europe. Here are a few examples that we've reported on:


  • In April of this year, journalist and author James Bloodworth reported what he saw after going undercover at an Amazon warehouse in Staffordshire, UK, where he found horrendous conditions in which some workers are forced to pee in bottles.

  • In 2011, the brutal work environment at an Amazon warehouse in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania were reported in the Morning Call. A local emergency room doctor filed a workplace safety complaint after treating several Amazon employees for heat-related illnesses. The company had reportedly hired ambulances to wait outside its warehouse in anticipation of workers fainting from heatstroke.

  • In 2012, the Seattle Times published a blockbuster report about overworked, underpaid staff who were encouraged to lie about workplace injuries to avoid having to file reports.

  • And in 2015, the New York Times revealed that conditions at Amazon headquarters are cutthroat. "Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk."





Full text at the link below

Related Link: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-25/madrid-police-dumbfounded-after-amazon-called-cops-striking-workers
© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy