Amazon and Instacart Workers Join Protest on COVID-19 Safety Measures

Amazon warehouse employees and Instacart distribution workers joined Monday’s marches to press safety requests, exposing the threats to personnel on the front lines of supplying relatively sheltered Americans at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 50 to 60 workers joined a walkout at an Amazon staff warehouse in Staten Island’s New York borough, requesting that the facility be shut down and cleaned after a staff checked for coronavirus positive.

In response to an AFP question, Amazon said Smalls made “misleading” claims about circumstances and that he should be in quarantine.

Smalls reportedly shot by Amazon following the attack. When AFP approaches for comment, Amazon clarifies the decision but said it was due to Smalls ‘inability to comply with the company’s request to separate himself after he came into contact with yet another employee who tested COVID-19 positively.

He put “the employees at risk by engaging in Monday’s demonstration. This is unacceptable,” Amazon state in a statement, adding that only 15 of the more than 5,000 on-site workers take part in the protest. New York State Attorney General Letitia James called the firing of Smalls “disgraceful” and found out that the legislation guarantees the right to protest for employees.

300,000 Workers Hired by Instacart

James reports that she seeks legal redress options and asks the National Labor Relations Board to investigate the incident. Meanwhile, a group that calls itself the Gig Workers Collective said it maintained its call. This is for a strike by Instacart’s independent contractors following new security measures announced by the company late Sunday.

How many of Instacart’s “shoppers” with autonomous “gig” staff involves in the stoppage immediately clear. Instacart recently announced plans to recruit some 300,000 workers. This is to help meet food supply-demand. It said in a statement that it was “fully operational” and that the walkout had “no impact.”

The firm said that it would provide extra health and safety. It supplies to full-service “shoppers” on Sunday and set a “simple” tip based on previous orders from customers. The labour party is undiscloses, calls the moves from Instacart “a sick joke.”

Meanwhile, a different group of staff are of Amazon-owned grocery chain Whole Foods. On Tuesday called for a one-day halt or “sickout” to push for improved health initiatives. The organization calling itself “Whole Worker” said it was looking, among other things, for guaranteed paid leave for quarantined employees.

With most of the U.S. population locked in, Americans are largely dependent on food supplies. Also, other products from companies like Amazon. A report by NBC News said Amazon staff at two Southern California warehouses. They had submitted demands to shut down sterilization facilities. This is for two weeks, while employees screen for the virus. Amazon has revealed plans to recruit an additional 100,000 employees. This is in the United States while competitor Walmart is looking to increase its workforce by 150,000 employees.

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