German Union Calls for Four-Day Amazon Strike

Trade union Verdi has called for workers in six German Amazon facilities to go on strike in response to the tech and e-commerce giant ignoring requests for collective bargaining agreements.

The union called for sites in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz and Leipzig to go on strike from Sunday until Thursday. 

Verdi has said that these strikes are the “unofficial start” for wage negotiations in the retail and mail order industry, and would go further to say that Amazon had effectively “created a mint” in the wake of COVID-19. As a result, the union is seeking a 4.5% pay increase for all workers in the retail and e-commerce space.

German unions have staged strikes against Amazon since 2013 and have routinely challenged Amazon’s pay structure. Germany is Amazon’s second largest market, only behind the U.S. in sales and packages shipped, making Germany an important nation for Amazon’s business.

Amazon released statements that their employees are quite happy with their pay and that during strike calls in the past, 90% of their workforce remained on the job.

This strike follows one that took place in Italy last week involving upwards of 9,500 employees in their Logistics Division. Amazon has also recently come under fire for the mandatory installation of Netradyne AI Driveri cameras, a system used to monitor drivers performance and determine bonus payments.

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