Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) averted a potential disruption on one of the busiest online shopping days, Cyber Monday, as it reached a deal with most of its workforce in Spain. The local union group CCOO confirmed the resolution, stating that the agreement spares the e-commerce giant from a planned one-hour strike per shift.
Around 20,000 warehouse and delivery workers at Amazon’s Spanish unit had initially planned to stage a walkout, demanding improved pay and better working conditions on Cyber Monday, a day known for significant discounts as retailers aim to boost Christmas gift purchases.
Despite the majority accepting the terms, around 5,000 Amazon delivery workers are proceeding with the protest, opting to cease work for the final hour of their shifts. CCOO leader Douglas Harper revealed that these workers found the company’s proposal for better pay conditions inadequate.
In an emailed statement, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) confirmed that most of its teams would continue normal operations, ensuring no impact on services. In addition, the e-commerce giant noted,
“We are proud of the wages, benefits, and safer working conditions that will be provided to our employees in Spain.”
CCOO, the largest union at the U.S. retailer in Spain, announced intentions to continue negotiations with Amazon to improve pay and working conditions at the local unit.
This development follows broader discontent among Amazon logistics workers on both sides of the Atlantic, with protests against working conditions gaining momentum in Europe.
On Black Friday, a day known for significant retail discounts following the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, groups in Britain, Germany, France, and Italy attempted to disrupt the company’s operations.
Amazon had assured customers of reliable and timely deliveries for Black Friday orders.