Workers have begun protesting against their companies, demanding adequate safety measures and pay hikes for the risks they are facing due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A group of Amazon (AMZN) workers in Staten Island, New York, walked off their jobs on Monday, demanding the company close the warehouse for deep cleaning. But the company chose to fire the man leading the strike.
“Amazon would rather fire workers than face up to its total failure to do what it should to keep us, our families, and our communities safe,” Chris Smalls, who was fired, said in a statement. “I am outraged and disappointed, but I’m not shocked. As usual, Amazon would rather sweep a problem under the rug than act to keep workers and working communities safe.”
Employees at Amazon grocer Whole Foods also staged a "sick out" on Tuesday demanding double pay and better working conditions.
So far, the company has increased the worker's hourly pay by $2 an hour.
The workers strike is spreading faster than ever. Workers at Instacart, a grocery shopping and delivery service, also have joined the bandwagon.
The Gig Workers Collective, an organization of gig worker activists said, “Instacart has still not provided essential protections to shoppers on the front lines that could prevent them from becoming carriers, falling ill themselves, or worse."
On March 30, McDonald's workers in Tempa, Florida also walked out alleging the company would not allow them to wear masks.
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