Why people started boycotting Amazon today


Hashtags on Twitter and Tumblr are growing in solidarity of striking workers.

Thousands of people online have rallied around a boycott of Amazon to show solidarity with a strike among employees occurring in Europe.

The #AmazonStrike hashtag on Twitter, and numerous posts on Tumblr have led the charge among internet users who are supporting employees who have held strikes against the retail giant in the past.

Employees in Spain launched a strike on Tuesday, according to the Observer—ahead of Amazon’s Prime Day sales next week. Workers in other countries have also joined in on the strike.

The news outlet reports that employees are seeking “health and decent jobs” and benefits for all employees that work for the company.

“We are promoting the idea of a European general strike in the second week of July,” the workers said in a statement. “That is when Prime Day is, a day during which Amazon aims to sell millions of products in what is one of its most important days of sales. The idea is that if no concessions to the workers are made, that day will not take place.”

The word seems to have reached the internet, who are rallying behind the workers.

The sentiments on Tumblr were similar.




As the Observer notes, the boycott comes ahead of Prime Day, a sales event that has become bigger than Black Friday.



Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).