SAN FRANCISCO — A Spanish union is asking Amazon shoppers to avoid the store during Prime Day in support of its demands for better working conditions at the company’s fulfillment centers in Spain.
The Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union has called for close to 1,000 Amazon workers to strike from Monday through Wednesday at Amazon’s San Fernando fulfillment center near Madrid. It is Amazon’s second largest fulfillment center in Spain after the one near Barcelona.
The strike is set during Amazon’s Prime Day 36-hour sale, which begins at 3 pm ET on Monday and runs through the end of Tuesday.
The union says on its Facebook page that it is fighting pay cuts and for better working conditions and restrictions on time off. CCOO has representatives at two of Amazon’s 15 logistics centers in Spain.
On its Facebook page, the union asks Amazon customers to boycott the site during the strike, with the message, “With no agreement, there is no Prime Day. Thanks for your support.”
Workers at the Madrid facility walked off the job for two days in March as well, striking for better wages and overtime benefits. The CCOO said 98 percent of workers stopped working during that strike.
The logistics centers are not unionized in the American sense of the word that a majority of their workers have voted to join a union and to have the union represent them.
Under Spanish law, any union with representation within a company can call a strike, as long as it announces the strike at least five days in advance and a mediation process has already happened.
Base pay for entry level fulfillment center workers in Spain is about $23,000 a year, Amazon said.
In a statement, Amazon said it is a fair and responsible employer and is committed to dialogue with workers. Amazon expects to have more than 3,200 permanent workers in Spain by the end of 2018.