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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 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.
hey guys remember today is the transnational #amazonstrike (called for by workers in Spain!). even though it's a big sale day, show your solidarity and don't use the site today! help end worker exploitation by one of the richest companies worldwide!
— Hello, Zuko here (@soongandroid) July 10, 2018
Cancelled my prime membership today with @amazon (and, in turn, music subscription) and will refuse to do business with Amazon again until workers are given the wage and rights they deserve. @JeffBezos #amazonstrike #amazonboycott
— Blank (@blankieblankety) July 10, 2018
no amazon today 🔪🔪🔪 support workers' rights #amazonstrike
— claire⚡ (@importantclaire) July 10, 2018
— Sharona Ginsberg (@linguomancer) July 10, 2018
— paige (@paigeshier) July 10, 2018
Avoiding eveything @amazon today and for the forseeable future, in solidarity with the transnational strike. Until you can reliably treat your workers like actual human beings, you'll recieve no buisness from me. @JeffBezos #amazonstrike #amazonboycott
— Carolyn Marks (@CarolynMarks11) July 10, 2018
— Violets (@shieldmaiden21) July 10, 2018
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.
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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).