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Amazon’s Whole Foods workers: Nobody protects us, we will launch nationwide strike

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 31, 2020
Workers from Amazon’s Whole Foods will stage Tuesday a national 'sick out' to demand paid leave for all workers who stay home or self-quarantine during the coronavirus crisis, free coronavirus testing for all employees, and a doubling of the hazard pay for those who continue to work.
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“COVID-19 is a very real threat to the safety of our workforce and customers,” Whole Worker, the national group organizing the strike wrote in a statement.

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“We cannot wait for politicians, institutions, or our own management to step in to protect us.”

The move was decided after reports came out that workers at several Whole Foods stores in the United States, including in New York City, Chicago, Louisiana, and California contracted the virus.

During the past few weeks, the company increased pay by US$2 an hour, offered to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to workers who test positive for COVID-19, and said it would not call to account workers for calling out sick.

But many employees say the measures taken by Whole Foods are not as bold as the situation is serious and fail to protect workers who for many do not have enough savings to stay home even if they’re sick.