(TELESUR) – The call-in sick is the largest nationwide protest at the company since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
The call-in sick was organized by the labor rights groups United for Respect, New York Communities for Change, and Make the Road New York. It is the largest nationwide protest at the company since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
Workers are urging the corporation to “immediately close down” facilities with COVID-19 cases, to provide testing and two weeks of pay for workers during that time. Amazon has said it would only pay workers who have contracted COVID-19, or who have to quarantine because of confirmed exposure.
But employees say it has been difficult to actually receive paid sick time, while some have been coming to work with fevers, according to United for Respect.
Warehouse staff at Amazon has been sounding the alarm for weeks about the lack of transparency and safety measures. At least 75 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, in more than 50 facilities, according to the New York Times.
Workers are also asking Amazon not to retaliate against those of them who speak out for basic workers’ rights.