By: Steve Dellar | 04-25-2018 | News
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Germany - Angry Amazon Workers Greet Bezos In Berlin

World’s richest man Jeff Bezos was to be honored in Berlin yesterday with the Axel Springer Prize but instead received a horde of protesters who said they were appalled by the working conditions in some of his German companies.

Mr. Frank Bsirske, head of the Verdi union representing Amazon workers, stated quite clearly: "We have a worldwide problem, a boss who wants to impose American working conditions on the world."

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"It's like going back to the 19th century."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Protesters greet Amazon&#39;s Jeff Bezos in Germany: BERLIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of Amazon workers blew whistles and banged drums on Tuesday to protest against the presentation of a German award to Jeff Bezos, the ecommerce firm&#39;s chief executive. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Peoplesoft (@Peoplesoft_USA) <a href="">April 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Crowds chanted "Make Bezos pay", as they gathered in front of the headquarters of the German publishing group Axel Springer, where Mr. Bezos was due to receive an award for innovation in business.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Workers protest against an award ceremony in honour of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos: Germany&#39;s largest trade union ver.di held the protest to highlight thr company&#39;s working conditions <a href=""></a> <a href="">@_verdi</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Germany</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#verdi</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Amazon</a></p>&mdash; Morning Star (@M_Star_Online) <a href="">April 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The honoring of Mr. Bezos whilst many in Europe are pointing out the working conditions at Amazon was met with surprise.

Mr. Andreas Nahles, head of the Social Democrats, which are part of the German government, said Mr. Bezos "didn't deserve any prize," and claimed that he didn’t understand why the Axel Springer group had invited him in the first place.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hundreds of angry Amazon workers protest in Germany about their working conditions outside an event where founder Jeff Bezos is getting an award <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Yo News (@YoNews) <a href="">April 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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German Amazon workers were joined by their peers from France, Poland, and Italy to voice their displeasure. The French CFDT union claimed that it would be "denouncing illegal practices and disastrous working conditions" which had caused "several undeclared workplace accidents."

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Already in March of this year, the Spanish staff of Amazon stopped in protests against the new working guidelines and went on a short strike.

Worldwide, Amazon has more than 560,000 employees whilst it is recording record profits and turnover.


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