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German union calls for a pre-Christmas Amazon strikes

German union calls for a pre-Christmas Amazon strikes

BERLIN (Reuters) – labor union Verdi called for the workers to have a button on Amazon (AMZN.(O) distribution centre in Germany to go on strike during the crucial final shopping days before Christmas, demanding higher wages and better working conditions for the employees.

The trade unions have held repeated strikes in Germany, Amazon’s second biggest market after the United States of america, as of 2013, in the hope that it will be the power of the retail behemoth has to recognize collective bargaining agreements that apply to other retail workers.

“Verdi’s use of the high-sales days prior to Christmas, increasing the pressure on national collective bargaining in the Amazon,” the union said in a statement on Sunday, saying that it was the staff Christmas bonuses need to be increased to four times from its current level of 400 euros ($441).

“It was during the Christmas company is that employees are the most severely affected by the stress and long hours, and that should be included in the collectively agreed the Christmas money to it,” said Mechthild middeke, a leader of the strike.

You must be in a logistics centre in Bad Hersfeld, will begin on Monday morning and last through Saturday evening. The union, with no mention of the industrial activities of the other warehouses in the Germany.

In the past, Amazon has said the levels of participation in the strikes was low and that it has experienced no operational impact on them.

“The packages arrive exactly on time, the fact that most of them will have to continue to work on the orders of the customer,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement. “For people who are in the logistics center of Amazon, it is without a doubt one of the best companies to work for.”

In July, Amazon announced plans to open a new warehouse this year, bringing the total number of employees in Germany, of 20,000 in 35 venues.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Christina Fincher

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