Various German warehouses of Internet giant Amazon have seen work interruptions turn into full-blown strikes as from Sunday night, leaving the e-commerce giant without deliveries in a large part of its European HQ market. The strikes started after a call from trade union Verdi. It is feared that the action will mean a lot of European Christmas gifts will not arrive on time.
Amazon has no office in the low countries (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg) and most of it is shipped from German warehouses.
The Amazon workers at the offices in Leipzig and Werne (North Rhine-Westphalia) joined into the strike.
In Leipzig, the Verdi union wants the strike to last until Christmas Eve. In Werne, the unions are discussing with Amazon management already and the strike will last at least till Tuesday night. If successful, the strike action could expand to other sites in Germany.
The management of Amazon Germany has not released official comments just yet.
With the action, the trade union wants to reinforce their call for a collective labor agreement. Such a collective labor agreement must be based on the conditions that other employees in the German retail sector also receive. Verdi has been asking for this for more than five years, but is starting to know the American company and doesn’t believe promises of ‘we are looking into it’ anymore.
Amazon claims that it is active in the logistics sector and says it pays relatively high wages in comparison with the rest of the sector.
However, the dispute is now also about whether Amazon is a logistics company or a trading company. If a German court would decide that Amazon is a trading company, it would be obliged to pay its workers more.
A Verdi spokesman said: "Amazon wants to do everything by themselves: 'we decide about wages, we decide the labour conditions, we don't want unions.' That is the way they know it from the United States. It is different here. Here the workers have a say."
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