Why Amazon should be expropriated
By Tom Carter, 17 November 2018
The billions in subsidies granted to Amazon for its new headquarters demonstrate the prostration of the entire political establishment before this massive conglomerate.
By E.P. Milligan, 14 November 2018
Mike Gellasch, 61, allegedly died because no one could find a working communication device to call for help in time.
By Trévon Austin, 14 November 2018
The culmination of Amazon’s year-long pageant is indicative of the immense power of giant transnational corporations and the oligarchs who head them.
By E.P. Milligan, 5 November 2018
Basic safety precautions are routinely ignored at Amazon facilities throughout the world.
“It is like a pyramid scheme and we’re the worker ants at the bottom”
By our reporters, 31 October 2018
Niles spoke with Amazon workers about working conditions as well as the Trump administration’s deployment of the military against immigrant workers.
By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018
Amazon workers have reported to the International Amazon Workers Voice that the pay changes have been accompanied by a general “tightening up” of the tyrannical internal regime in the warehouses.
By Alice Summers, 13 October 2018
Workers are effectively paying for their own wage increase through the slashing of employee benefits, share and incentive schemes, with some possibly seeing a net loss.
By John Marion and Evan Cohen, 10 October 2018
Injured workers are denied medical treatment and bullied into getting back to work as quickly as possible.
By Tom Hall, 6 October 2018
Sanders immediately abandoned his criticism of Jeff Bezos after the company’s cynical publicity stunt, and embraced him as a great reformer.
By Eric London, 4 October 2018
The “raise” announced by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is a publicity stunt aimed above all at preventing an explosion of the class struggle.
By Jerry White, 3 October 2018
With anger growing over poverty level wages and sweatshop conditions at Amazon, the retail giant and logistics company will implement a small pay increase on November 1.
By Kayla Costa and Emily Edison, 27 September 2018
Local and state representatives of both capitalist parties approved a $213 million tax cut for the internet retail and logistics giant.
“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”
By Eric London, 21 September 2018
Tammy Edgar says she became homeless after she fell at work while avoiding a heavy machine, which flew off a table at her.
By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018
The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.
By E.P. Milligan, 7 September 2018
Amazon’s soaring profits, like those of Apple, are the direct result of the brutal exploitation of its workforce.
“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”
By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018
Carol's story exposes the nightmarish conditions and brutal exploitation that has fueled the growth of online retailers like Amazon.
By Erik Schreiber, 27 August 2018
The company's primary objective is to mitigate the damage from increasingly common exposures of the punishing conditions at its warehouses.
By Steve James, 24 August 2018
Prime Day saw strikes at Amazon warehouses in Germany and Spain and a work to rule in Poland.
“I had to sell my cell phone to pay for food”
By Eric London, 13 August 2018
José Antonio Rueda Bermudez, his wife and young daughter, face homelessness due to Amazon's refusal to pay medical costs for his serious on-the-job injury.
Amazon worker Shannon Allen opposes censorship of her video statement by Teamsters-linked Facebook page
By Will Morrow, 11 August 2018
Shannon said the censorship of her video showed that the Teamsters union is fearful of workers from Amazon and UPS forming rank-and-file committees and linking up their struggles.
Following IAWV exposure at Texas warehouse
By Evan Cohen, 3 August 2018
Amazon warehouse workers face staggering rates of injuries, routine harassment, high turnover and authoritarian surveillance.
By Eric London, 18 July 2018
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's $150 billion fortune was squeezed out of hundreds of thousands of warehouse, service and delivery workers.
By James Lerner and Paul Mitchell, 18 July 2018
Until the police attack, the Amazon workers and their supporters had been peacefully picketing as police escorted trucks and scabs into the warehouse.
As Jeff Bezos’ wealth reaches $150 billion
By Will Morrow and Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2018
Prime Day is treated as a virtual public holiday by the corporate media, akin to Black Friday, but it is synonymous with increased exploitation for Amazon and other shipping workers.
By Kayla Costa, 25 June 2018
The Amazon workers wrote that they were “deeply concerned” that the company was implicated in Trump’s immoral immigration policy and was “providing infrastructure and services that enable ICE and DHS.”
By Alec Andersen, 16 June 2018
China Labor Watch has exposed the barbaric and illegal practices on which Amazon relies to boost its profits.
By Will Morrow, 13 June 2018
It took just four weeks for the Democratic Party-controlled city council to completely capitulate to the campaign by Amazon and other corporations.
By Will Morrow, 30 May 2018
The technology giant that secures the contract will administer the US military’s global operations.
By Will Morrow, 24 May 2018
The technology allows police to immediately identify and track individuals captured on video in public places.
By Alec Andersen, 19 May 2018
The city council unanimously gave in to Amazon’s demands after the company threatened to cut 7,000 jobs if a higher head tax were enacted.
“It is like being tortured in your mind and your body for 10 hours a night”
By Tom Carter, 8 May 2018
Shannon Allen described brutal working conditions, authoritarian-style surveillance of workers in the facility, and management demands to maintain frenetic rates of speed.
The case for expropriation
By Eric London, 4 May 2018
Amazon’s market capitalization is $757.9 billion. Conditions of life for billions of people could be drastically improved by expropriating this wealth.
By John Marion, 3 May 2018
The headquarters would be built in East Boston and Revere, forcing out working class residents.
By Evan Blake, 1 May 2018
Speedup and disregard for safety have generated immense profits for the owners and shareholders of both tech giants.
By Adam Soroka, 19 April 2018
Maryland is a finalist for Amazon’s “HQ2” because of the region’s proximity to the headquarters of Amazon’s partners at the CIA, NSA, FBI and US military.
By Alejandro López, 12 April 2018
The unions do not want to call for an indefinite strike and appeal to Amazon workers in Spain and Europe because they fear such a confrontation will win broad popular support.
By Alejandro López, 19 March 2018
For more than a year, Amazon has been negotiating with the unions to impose a new agreement that would drastically reduce workers’ rights.
By Danny Richardson, 20 February 2018
Sheffield and its surrounding area was previously a major steel producing region with Amazon building its “Fulfilment Centres” in the South Yorkshire area on shuttered steel plants.
Another $6 billion for Bezos overnight
By Will Morrow, 3 February 2018
Amazon’s profits are the outcome of the brutal exploitation of the company’s global workforce of over 550,000 people.
By Barry Grey, 31 January 2018
The initiative heralds a further monopolization of health care by a handful of billionaire-run corporations and a further subordination of social needs to Wall Street.
By Mark Ferretti, 23 January 2018
Twenty cities and regions are entering a second round of jockeying, flattery and bribery to woo the mammoth retailer.
By our reporters, 30 December 2017
Amid reports of deaths at Amazon and UPS, workers at Amazon, UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, and other logistics and delivery companies have been under immense pressure to meet increased demand during the Christmas holiday.
By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017
Amazon is notorious internationally for its appalling treatment of warehouse workers.
By Kristina Betinis, 23 December 2017
This is at least the third death in recent months for the world’s largest online retailer, and the company has nearly doubled its workforce for holiday sales.
By Douglas Lyons, 20 December 2017
28-year-old Devan Shoemaker was run over by a tractor-trailer while working for Amazon. He leaves behind a young son and wife.
By Marianne Arens, 16 December 2017
“One speaks of robots becoming more and more like humans, at Amazon it’s the other way round: humans become robots.”
By our reporters, 9 December 2017
When reporters for the International Amazon Workers Voice interviewed part-time Amazon workers in Baltimore to discuss their attitude toward Bezos’ ill-gotten fortune, they were met with a torrent of disgust and calls for sharing the wealth.
“We’re human beings, not slaves and animals”
By Robert Stevens and John Newham, 30 November 2017
A Sunday Mirror reporter conducted a five-week undercover investigation at Amazon’s Tilbury fulfilment centre
By Adam Soroka, 27 November 2017
The construction of the facility on the site of a former Bethlehem Steel mill is indicative of the decline of American capitalism.
By Eric London, 27 November 2017
The wealth of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, together with the trillions of dollars hoarded by his fellow billionaires, could be used to wipe out poverty, disease, and social misery.
By Evan Blake, 24 November 2017
The creation of the AWS Secret Cloud places Amazon at the center of the global surveillance operations of American imperialism.
By Evan Blake, 11 November 2017
If the bill becomes law, Amazon will be providing hundreds of thousands of CIA agents, military personnel, prosecutors, and immigration agents with their pencils, desks, and chairs.
Temp work past the age of retirement
By Evan Blake, 6 November 2017
Every year, Amazon hires thousands of temporary workers in their 50s, 60s and 70s to carry out backbreaking labor during the holiday season.
By Evan Blake, 30 October 2017
Following a strong earnings report, Bezos amassed more money in a day than his entire warehouse workforce earns in a year.
By Laurent Lafrance, 27 October 2017
In a “Dear Jeff” letter, Trudeau served up Canadian workers on a silver platter to the mega-billionaire Jeff Bezos whose giant conglomerate ruthlessly exploits its global workforce.
By Samuel Davidson, 10 October 2017
The re-hiring may seem like a small victory, but it is an indication of the strength Amazon workers have when they unite to protect one another’s rights.
By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2017
An International Amazon Workers Voice investigation reveals that the prevalence of temporary and part-time work means most Amazon workers struggle to make poverty-rate wages.
By Christopher Davion, 2 October 2017
Phillip Terry was crushed by a forklift at the plant outside Indianapolis, and Devan Shoemaker was run over by a truck in South Middletown Township, Pennsylvania.
By Andre Damon, 15 September 2017
Amazon has deleted over a thousand negative reviews of What Happened?, Hillary Clinton’s account of the 2016 presidential election.
By Eric London, 8 September 2017
The world’s most powerful and wealthy corporations are taking advantage of desperate people in Florida who are trying to buy bottled water online as store supplies run out.
By Samuel Davidson, 1 September 2017
The mother of two was fired even after a supervisor told her it was okay not to work overtime at the end of her 4 am to 8 am shift.
It's like an “early 1900s factory”
By George Kirby, 29 August 2017
The WSWS spoke to workers at Walgreens’ Specialty Pharmacies, who face similar working conditions to Amazon warehouse workers.
By Nick Barrickman and Alex González, 21 August 2017
As if returning to feudal times, Amazon, with billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos at its helm, is upending communities with historic ties to the great democratic gains from the American Civil War.
By Samuel Davidson, 10 August 2017
”You are not supposed to talk, just supposed to work in this hive. That is what it looks like in there, a beehive, and we are working in a honeycomb.”
By Christopher Davion, 8 August 2017
Local and state officials plan to transform the region into a platform for low wage manufacturing and distribution giants.
“It’s like we are going back to the early 1900s before workers had any rights”
By Isaac Finn, 4 August 2017
Workers at Amazon’s job fair described living and working conditions in Ohio and Massachusetts to the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice.
By Eric London, 3 August 2017
The long lines of job-hungry workers encircling buildings and stretching across parking lots recall scenes from the Great Depression.
“I’ve read about revolutions. If you ignore the lower class long enough they’ll rise up”
By our reporters, 3 August 2017
Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to applicants in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
By Eric London, 2 August 2017
The job fairs are being held in some of the most economically distressed regions of the country that have been hard hit by deindustrialization and corporate plunder.
By Nick Barrickman and Alex González, 28 July 2017
American capitalism has come full-circle: the government is stealing land from the descendents of slaves and giving it to one of the world’s most powerful corporations.
By Evan Blake, 28 July 2017
Bezos’s ascension to the heights of society rests on the exploitation of Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of workers worldwide.
By Robert Verdine, 25 July 2017
The multi-billion corporation is pocketing millions in investments and tax breaks from Detroit area suburbs for the building of new fulfillment and warehouse facilities.
“When they pay a contract worker it’s like they’re giving money to a beggar”
By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 21 July 2017
Amazon has become the second largest global investor in India’s digital economy.
AmazonFresh worker reveals: Amazon illegally keeps workers in a freezer for over two hours at a time
By Alex González, 18 July 2017
A worker reported that Amazon’s food delivery service forces many of its employees to work in sub-freezing temperatures for longer than legally allowed.
By Andre Damon, 14 July 2017
The Washington Post, owned by Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos, declares Russia a “hostile power” because it is opposed to “bedrock American values” like self-determination and a free press.
Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell
By Evan Blake, 14 July 2017
Amazon won the confidence of the CIA through its suppression of WikiLeaks, and since constructing the C2S cloud has become ever more deeply connected to the military-intelligence apparatus.
Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell
By Evan Blake, 13 July 2017
Since signing a $600 million deal with the CIA in 2013, Amazon has become ever more integrated with the American state apparatus and implicated in its crimes.
Virginia and Maryland Amazon workers denounce speed-ups as company profits from millions in government giveaways
By Nick Barrickman and Brad Dixon, 8 July 2017
As the mega-corporation rakes in free money from state and federal services, grants and tax breaks, thousands of its regional employees face grueling work conditions and low pay.
“The company is a prison”
By John Marion, 2 July 2017
The government gave Amazon millions of dollars to set up its sweatshop-like operation in the deindustrialized Northeast.
By our reporters, 1 July 2017
A WSWS reporting team distributed copies of the International Amazon Workers Voice at a fulfillment centre in Brampton, Ontario, where workers reported earning low wages and being exploited twice over by labour contractors.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 28 June 2017
It would take an Indian worker 1,001,430 years to earn what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made on a single day, when Amazon announced the purchase of Whole Foods.
By Eric London, 22 June 2017
The expansion of the Amazon corporate behemoth is an expression of the unprecedented concentration of economic power among a handful of corporations that dominate the world capitalist economy.
California Amazon worker speaks out:
By Evan Blake, 20 June 2017
The former Amazon employee described a climate of favoritism and abuse against older workers at the multinational behemoth's warehouses.
By Evan Blake, 17 June 2017
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made $1.88 billion in a single day as the corporation’s octopus-like control expanded into a new segment of the world economy.
Amazon workers speak out
By our reporters, 12 June 2017
Workers tell their Amazon horror stories: “Amazon is the most miserable place I have ever worked.”
By our reporters, 10 June 2017
A former “picker” was given little training and did not meet Amazon’s required time targets, so he was fired.
California Amazon worker speaks out
By Marc Wells, Toby Reese and Kevin Martinez, 7 June 2017
In this video, a worker who wished to remain anonymous spoke to our reporters about working in one of the Amazon warehouses or “fulfillment centers.”
By Dietmar Henning, 7 June 2017
Around 500 workers conducted a three-day strike at an Amazon facility in Rheinberg in the Lower Rhine region of Germany last week.
By Evan Blake, 6 June 2017
The two companies are competing with one another to cut costs and boost profits by increasing the exploitation of their workforces.
By Eric London, 2 June 2017
Thirty-year-old José Antonio Rueda Bermudez’s horror story shows how Amazon’s temporary workforce is exploited and abandoned by the corporate giant.
By our reporters, 31 May 2017
The International Amazon Workers Voice (IAVW), launched by the WSWS to unite Amazon workers worldwide in a fight against the company, has met with great interest among Amazon workers in Germany.
By Eric London, 30 May 2017
The young Virginia worker told the International Amazon Workers Voice that she has still not received medical attention despite suffering long-term health effects.
Amazon workers speak out
By our reporters, 29 May 2017
Amazon workers are sharing their horror stories of exploitation by the corporation and discussing how to unite internationally to fight back.
By our correspondents, 27 May 2017
A flyer announcing the creation of International Amazon Workers Voice was distributed during yesterday's strike at Amazon in Bad Hersfeld. The initiative for the coordination of resistance globally met with widespread support.
“This is modern day slavery”
By Eric London, 26 May 2017
Workers flooded the International Amazon Workers Voice with exposures of horrible conditions at the company’s plants across the world.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 May 2017
The newsletter will be a platform of opposition for Amazon workers, exposing dictatorial working conditions, introducing workers to socialism, and providing regular news and analysis of world politics.
Billionaire Bezos’s cash bonanza
By Evan Blake and Eric London, 6 May 2017
Jeff Bezos has accumulated $22.4 billion over the past year by exploiting Amazon's 341,000 workers who struggle to make ends meet.
By Evan Blake, 17 April 2017
Workers at Amazon distribution centers describe a stifling atmosphere of intimidation by company management, while denouncing the Trump administration and the drive to war.
By Jerry White, 30 November 2016
Monday’s tragedy sheds light on the realities of the “new economy” and the extreme exploitation facing employees of the online retail giant.