Amazon UK distribution centers were shut down by activists against climate change on Black Friday. It is Amazon’s busiest holiday of the year.
Extinction rebellion has targeted 13 UK sites, including Dunfermline in Fife, its biggest distribution centre.
It stated it did so to bring attention to the possible exploitation by Amazon workers as well as wasteful business practices.
Amazon claimed it was taking its “responsibilities very serious”.
According to the campaign group, it had blocked several entrances using lock-ons and banners as well as bamboo structures and locks-ons. It planned to stay at least for 48 hours.
The demonstrations began at 4:00 GMT in Amazon’s biggest UK warehouse, Dunfermline. There about 20 protestors stopped vehicles entering and others from leaving the premises.
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According to the statement, it said that they were also looking at sites near Doncaster and Darlington in Gateshead, Manchester.
According to a spokesperson, the action was meant to bring attention to Amazon’s exploitative, environmentally damaging business practices and disregard for workers rights, all in the name company profits.
J R Dixon, a haulage company based in Workington in Cumbria was one of those who were affected by the blockade. One of its drivers couldn’t get out from the Tilbury depot, Essex.
According to the firm, this could mean that the driver might not be able get to Warrington to pick up deliveries or to return home on the weekends.
It stated that protests have a knock-on effect on businesses as well as private life.
Extinction Rebellion claimed that the blockade was part an international operation targeting Amazon fulfillment centres in Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.
Amazon spokesperson said that they take their responsibilities seriously.
This includes our pledge to net zero carbon emissions by 2040, which is 10 years before the Paris Agreement. We also provide excellent benefits and pay in an environment that promotes small business and supports the thousands of British businesses selling on our shop.
“We are aware that there is more to be done, so we will keep innovating and investing in behalf of our employees, customers and the small business community in the UK.”
Greater Manchester Police claimed that although the Altrincham protest prevented access to a storage facility, there were “minimal disruptions to the local community.”
The statement added that the access was limited to commercial industrial land and officers were assisting to “maintain security while facilitating peaceful protest”.
West Midlands Police reported that officers were summoned to Amazon Depot on Sayer Drive in Coventry shortly after 04:00. This was due to reports of activists blocking the access.
According to the force, officers were still on the spot this morning and managed traffic.
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