Amazon workers strike in Germany
There has been a series of strikes at Amazon's warehouses in Germany over the last three days.
Trade union Verdi called on workers to down tools over inadequate pay and conditions.
Verdi said in a statement that workers at Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig and Graben will go on strike from Monday to Wednesday, while workers at Werne will strike Monday and Tuesday.
Amazon employs a total of 9,000 warehouse staff at nine distribution centres in Germany, its second-biggest market behind the United States, plus 14,000 temporary seasonal workers.
Verdi wants Amazon to raise pay for workers at its distribution centres in accordance with collective bargaining agreements across the mail order and retail industry in Germany. It has organised several stoppages over the past year.
The union says Amazon’s method of dealing with workers individually or in small groups has led to many employees being on short-term contracts, people not getting sufficient breaks and higher sick rates. It also says employees should be classified as retail rather than logistics workers to justify higher wages. The current strike follows a walk out last month that also hit a number a logistics centres, with about 2,000 workers taking part, the union said.
Amazon, however, has rejected the demand, arguing that it regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and says they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry.
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