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German union calls for pre-Christmas Amazon strike

German union calls for pre-Christmas Amazon strike

Postby smix » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:12 am

German union calls for pre-Christmas Amazon strike
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amaz ... SKBN1YJ0G6
Category: Politics
Published: December 15, 2019

Description: BERLIN (Reuters) - Trade union Verdi called for workers at a key Amazon logistics center in Germany to go on strike over the crucial final shopping days before Christmas, demanding better pay and conditions for workers there. Unions have staged repeated strikes in Germany, Amazon’s second-largest market after the United States, since 2013, hoping to force the retail behemoth to recognize collective bargaining agreements that apply to other retail employees. “Verdi wants to use the high-turnover days before Christmas to raise the pressure for collective wage bargaining at Amazon,” the union said in a statement on Sunday, saying that staff Christmas bonuses should be quadrupled from their current level of 400 euros ($441). “It’s precisely during Christmas business that colleagues are most heavily burdened, under stress and doing overtime, and that should be recognized with collectively agreed Christmas money,” added Mechthild Middeke, leader of the strike. The stoppage, at a logistics center in Bad Hersfeld, will begin on Monday morning and last until Saturday evening. The union did not mention any industrial action at other warehouses in Germany. In the past, Amazon has said levels of participation in strikes was low and that it experienced no operational impact from them. “Parcels will arrive punctually since most employees will continue to work on customer orders,” an Amazon spokesman said in an e-mailed statement. “For people in the logistics center, Amazon is undoubtedly one of the best employers.” In July, Amazon announced plans to open a new warehouse this year, bringing the total number of staff in Germany to 20,000 across 35 sites.



German union extends strike at Amazon's Leipzig warehouse until December 24
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amaz ... SKBN1YO1KI
Category: Politics
Published: December 20, 2019

Description: BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) - Amazon workers in the eastern German city of Leipzig will extend until Christmas Eve their strike over pay and conditions, trade union Verdi said on Friday. Since 2013, unions have staged repeated strikes at Amazon’s facilities in Germany - Amazon’s second-largest market after the United States - hoping to force the e-commerce company to recognize collective bargaining agreements that apply to other retail employees. Verdi said more than 400 Amazon workers in Leipzig had been on strike every day since Monday. Verdi had said on Tuesday that around 1,200 workers were taking part in a strike that started during the Sunday to Monday night shift at warehouses in Bad Hersfeld, Koblenz and Leipzig. The strike was due to last until Dec. 21, the union said. But it said on Friday that the strike in Leipzig would continue until Dec. 24. Spokespeople for the union in Bad Hersfeld and Koblenz could not be reached. “Particularly during Advent, we want to show that employees don’t expect gifts but rather demand fair working conditions and collectively agreed wages,” strike leader Thomas Schneider said in a statement. “It’s business as usual for Amazon today with our well-paid, dedicated and highly respected teams across Germany doing what they do every day – delivering for their customers,” a spokesman for Amazon said. Amazon employs 20,000 people at 35 sites in Germany and adds thousands of temporary workers to help cover the Christmas rush.
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