Wednesday was a tense day at Amazon’s hub in Castel San Giovanni, Italy, the large shipment center that was the setting of a high-profile strike on Black Friday. The company did not show up to the meeting with the unions that had been agreed at the Prefect’s office, and the employees organized a spontaneous strike in response, with the union leaders at the gates. The multinational even tried to prevent the access of union members on the premises for assemblies that had already been planned, and the intervention of the police and military police was necessary; they ended up accompanying the workers’ representatives inside.
“This morning [Wednesday] we were dutifully present at the office of the Prefect of Piacenza, after having agreed to the umpteenth request to change the date of this meeting with Amazon,” recounts Fiorenzo Molinari, the secretary of FILCAMS CGIL Piacenza. “The company did not show up to the meeting, and showed contempt for the workers and the Italian State.” And even more: “Amazon did not want to let the unions in to conduct assemblies that had already been agreed upon and planned,” Molinari continued, “and we were able to do them only thanks to the police, which accompanied us inside. It is clear that Amazon wants to play on a field without any rules, where the only law that applies is the rule of the strongest.”
Molinari’s other colleagues who were there at the prefecture for the meeting, from FISASCAT CISL, UILTUCS and UGL Terziario, were just as angry. Pierangelo Raineri, the secretary of FIST CISL, called the attitude of the e-commerce giant “inexcusable.”