Amazon has denied allegations it asked Spanish police to patrol inside one of its warehouses to make sure workers were productive as a strike took place outside.
Employees at a warehouse in the outskirts of Madrid staged
And when Amazon caught wind of it, the retail giant asked police to ensure productivity remained high, according to Spanish media.
Police at the San Fernando de Henares depot near Madrid, Spain, after workers protested at working conditions on Friday
Protesters at the Madrid warehouse (above) were stopping others going to work during the strike
Amazon denied the allegations and dismissed them as ‘ludicrous’ and the ‘worst kind of misinformation’.
An Amazon spokeswoman told
‘However any suggestion that we have used this relationship in an improper way is categorically wrong. Anyone who understands the way businesses and local authorities work will know that these ludicrous suggestions are the worst kind of misinformation.’
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial reported that Amazon approached police officials after thousands of Spanish workers announced they would be striking.
Elsewhere, staff at the firms’s Milton Keynes warehouse in the UK wore T-shirts that read: ‘We are not robots’
A handful of protesters gathered at the depot in Swansea, Wales, as they protested ‘in-humane’ conditions
The paper said Amazon wanted local officers ‘to force employees to go to their respective jobs and ensure their performance was identical to that of a normal working day’.
Amazon’s request ‘dumbfounded’ police, who denied their request because ‘controlling labour doesn’t fall within its powers,’ according to El Confidencial.
Police officials reportedly emphasised that Spanish law protects workers’ right to strike and said they would attend the strike but only to keep the peace.