The trade union Verdi, asked for workers at six Amazon sites in Germany to go on strike from Sunday evening for four days in the latest effort to try to force the US e-commerce group to recognise corporate bargaining agreements.
Verdi said the strikes at Amazon’s sites in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig, and at two locations in Bad Hersfeld signalled an “unofficial start” to wage talks for the retail and mail-order industry, which are due to begin in the next few weeks. “Amazon is making a mint in the coronavirus crisis. For this reason alone, wage evasion must be stopped there,” said Verdi representative Orhan Akman.
Verdi is asking a pay increase of 4.5 percent for workers in the retail and mail-order industry. “This must also be possible at Amazon this year,” Akman said.
Amazon has faced a long-running battle with unions in Germany over better pay and conditions for logistics workers, who have frequently staged strikes since 2013.
Germany is Amazon’s biggest market after the United States. Amazon says it offers attractive pay and benefits. It has said during past calls for strikes over 90 percent of employees in the logistic centres worked as normal.