Australians are set to lose $6.2 billion on everything from airline fares to eczema cream sales on Black Friday as unions protest poor working conditions at Amazon.
Black Friday purchases from around 11 million shoppers are expected to eclipse the traditional Boxing Day shopping spree over the next four days.
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Australia’s largest brick and mortar centre, Chadstone in south-east Melbourne, was packed with sales offers with discounts of up to 70 per cent.
Retailers like LSKD slashed prices, while Bevilles Jewelers offered up to 50 per cent off diamonds and gold jewellery.
Myer stores across Australia offered a wide range of discounts, with 40 per cent off brands such as Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger and 50 per cent off home goods.
“Myers Black Friday sales have become synonymous with Christmas and are a fantastic way for Australians to continue to top up their dollar to meet all of their Christmas needs,” said Chief Customer Officer Geoff Ikin.
“There’s no doubt that Black Friday sales just keep getting bigger and better every year and we know our deals won’t disappoint.”
Gold Coast skincare company MooGoo said sales were up to six times higher than usual.
“We’ve received an order of our skincare products every minute of every day this week,” said MooGoo CEO Craig Jones.
Jetstar offered over 50,000 special fares on flights in 2023, while Virigin Australia discounted 500,000 fares.
However, shoppers are urged to watch out for phishing emails and text messages when hunting for bargains.
A survey by cybersecurity firm NordVPN found that almost seven million Australian shoppers have fallen victim to online scams.
Thousands are also expected to ‘make a sick’ and give the film to work so they can take advantage of the weekend’s bargains.
“Treated Like Robots”
Meanwhile, unions in Adelaide staged anti-Amazon protests as part of a global day of action linked to global Black Friday events.
Members of the retail and transport unions rallied outside the Amazon Flex warehouse in north Adelaide to protest poor working conditions and exploitation of workers.
The American multinational had total revenues of US$127.1 billion ($187.8 billion) for the three months ended September 30.
But Amazon employees were forbidden from going to the bathroom during shifts and were expected to complete tasks within 15 seconds, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) said.
“Workers are treated like trade entities,” SDA representative Josh Peak said Friday.
“They are treated like robots.
“Multi-billion dollar international tech companies don’t get to choose what rules they follow.”
The allegations were completely denied by Amazon Australia, which said people are at the heart of its operations.
“We offer our fulfillment center employees competitive pay, a safe and positive work environment, and exciting career opportunities,” said Amazon Australia Director of Operations Mindy Espidio-Garcia.
“It is not true that tasks are given unfair timelines. Our team members are allowed to use the toilet if necessary. We do not monitor toilet breaks. You can also take short breaks to fetch water at any time.”
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