People are slamming publications for pushing Amazon Prime Day deals while workers are protesting

Business Insider/Jessica TylerAs publications push Amazon Prime Day deals, they’re seeing backlash online.
  • 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.


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Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe and the US are striking and protesting on Prime Day

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.

Many publishers, including Insider Inc., The New York Times, and Polygon’s parent company, Vox Media, receive commissions from affiliate partners, such as Amazon, when readers make purchases through links to products.

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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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