Economics/Class Relations

French Protesters Take On Amazon

If you’re looking for international inspiration in the world of labor organizing, look no further:

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Holy shit. French trade union CGT cut the power to Amazon facility in Morlàas to protest Macron’s pension reform. “We have placed Amazon in energy sobriety, because we are looking for billions to finance pensions, and we believe that this money is there.”

You’ve probably seen incredible footage over the years of France’s empowered labor movement shutting down corporate greed and governmental austerity with bold, unapologetic strike actions. Now, the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) has shut off an Amazon facility’s power, identifying the massive consolidation of capital in the mega-corporation’s daily operations at Morlàas — and forcing Amazon into “energy sobriety” to show how important resources must instead be invested in the financing of pensions, under threat from Macron, who seeks to reform France’s pension system against the interest of workers.

This particular display of organized labor power links Amazon’s excess and waste of essential resources with the privations of working-class life under neoliberal austerity. And it reminds us in the United States that the conditions of exploitation for American workers are the same. While Amazon workers here in the U.S. struggle to make a living, face retaliation for union organizing, and literally die on the job, the value they create goes straight to the pockets of an elite and conservative few. We might think about what it would be like for labor unions to be able to cut power to Amazon facilities across the United States. But, of course, we should also think about the strategy and dedication to labor organizing necessary to make this action possible.

On to our guest this week, Marshall Kosloff of The Realignment podcast:

Marshall’s pod, co-hosted with Saagar Enjeti, covers issues of the country’s political shift relating to mainstream media, national security, economic policy, and much more. We’re thrilled to have Marshall on Krystal Kyle & Friends this week to discuss the latest stories that have interested him and Saagar on The Realignment, what forms of realignment are manifesting in the United States’s political, economic, and social terrain, and why this shift is taking place — as well as our usual coverage of the latest in this week’s news. Thanks for joining us for another week of KK&F — we’re so glad to have you.

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