On Monday, Amazon warehouse employees and Instacart delivery workers walked out of a New York City facility protesting over safety demands. They went on a strike demanding increased protective great and hazard pay as they worked through the coronavirus pandemic.
Chris Smalls, lead organizer of the Staten Island strike, told reporters, “Since the building won’t close by itself, we’re going to have to force their hand.” The workers will not return until the building gets sanitized.
A warehouse worker Christian Smalls wrote on Twitter, “There are positive cases working in these buildings infecting thousands.”
Responding to the statement Amazon replied that he has made “misleading” statements about situations and that he was supposed to be in quarantine.
“Like all businesses grappling with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are working hard to keep employees safe while serving communities and the most vulnerable,” the company said in a statement.
As per reports, Smalls was officially fired by Amazon after the protest claiming that the company has taken extreme measures to keep people safe. Instacart had recently declared that it is hiring some 300,000 people to help meet demand for grocery delivery.
“We’re continuing to see the highest customer demand in Instacart history and have more active shoppers on our platform today than ever before picking and delivering groceries for millions of consumers,” said the San Francisco company in a statement.
New York is the worst hit state with the highest number of cases in the country. More than 60,000 cases have been confirmed across the state with more than 1000 deaths. The whole country is under lockdown and the Americans are depending on the delivery of food and other supplies from firms like Amazon.