In a landmark victory for hundreds of warehouse workers at Del3, an Amazon seller services facility located in Nangal Khurd of Sonepat, outside New Delhi, Amazon has agreed to pay severance to hundreds after their protests and strikes. The workers, who were employed through a staffing agency, were left without a job after the facility was closed down.
The mass protest at the gate of DEL-3 had a significant impact, ultimately pushing Amazon to agree to pay the workers. Christy Hoffman, General Secretary of UNI Global Union, congratulated the workers for their courage and determination, stating, “These workers stood up to one of the most powerful companies in the world and won. This victory shows that when workers come together, they can make their voices heard and demand better treatment from their employers.”
Rajesh Kumar of Amazon India Workers Association (AIWA), who participated in the protest, said, “This is a huge victory for workers in this critical juncture of the working-class movement of India.”
Surjit, a worker who participated in the protests at DEL-3, said, “The closing of DEL-3 all of a sudden, without alternative employment and without mandated legal and legitimate dues, left us no other option but to make mass protest against the principal employer.”
“The uninterrupted mass protest at the gate of DEL-3 created a huge impact on workers and in political circles. The main employer was forced to accept the demands of the workers of DEL-3. It is a huge victory for workers of platform industries in India,” said K.K. Niyogi of Amazon India Workers Association (AIWA.)