- Amazon is under fire this Prime Day, facing protests as employees call for higher wages and better working conditions.
- Publications promoting Prime Day deals are facing backlash from readers.
- “Support the workers not Amazon,” one person tweeted in response to Wired’s roundup of Prime Day deals.
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As publications push Amazon Prime Day deals, they’re seeing backlash online from readers supporting striking workers at the e-commerce giant.
Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota last week announced plans to strike on Monday, the start of Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sales promotion. Employees in Germany also developed plans to strike, with major protests also planned in the UK, Spain, and Poland by workers seeking higher wages and better working conditions.
Many media organisations covering the protests also are publishing articles on the Prime Day deals available on Amazon on Monday and Tuesday.
Some readers are pushing back against coverage of Amazon’s deals.
Didn’t Polygon just unionize and its writers work to support each other in situations like this? Why are they writing about Prime Day deals, then, when an Amazon workers strike is taking place? https://t.co/anMh4xo8uP
— Dali (@DaliDimovski) July 15, 2019
— Warren Burton (@TroutDev) July 15, 2019
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How much were you paid to run this article, @wired?
And during a strike, no less.
Unfollowing, and you will never get a cent out of me.
— ????️????????️⚧️ ????Julie O'Boo???? ????♀️???????????? (@jobrienchem) July 15, 2019
There’s a strike going on and you’re telling people about amazon deals??
— Bill??Bill?? (@JoofersBill) July 15, 2019
The workers are striking, don't be a scab
— ???? Spúgidh ???? (@bramble__jam) July 15, 2019
Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on backlash faced by publications. A representative for the company previously told Business Insider that promotions like Prime Day had “become an opportunity for our critics, including unions, to raise awareness for their cause, in this case, increased membership dues.”
“These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favour, when in fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause – industry-leading pay, benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees,” the representative continued.
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