German Amazon workers strike over pay
Workers at Amazon's warehouse facilities in Germany are currently on strike in a long-running pay dispute.
The Verdi union said workers would strike until tomorrow (Saturday 21st December) but would resume again in the new year.
Amazon employs more than 9,000 workers in Germany plus 14,000 seasonal workers at nine distribution centers. Over 1200 are currently on strike.
Verdi has called a series of strikes this year in an attempt to get the company to accept collective bargaining agreements for its staff.
It says Amazon is not paying them comparable rates to other warehouse staff in Germany, because the company has classified the staff as logistics workers, whose rates of pay are lower.
Amazon says that they are well paid compared with other logistics workers in the country.
The union is also unhappy with what it calls the company's practice of "constant monitoring" of workers and what it says are impossible workplace targets.
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