German union calls for more post-Christmas Amazon strikes

FILE PHOTO: the exterior of an Amazon logistics center in Mannheim, Germany, on September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) – Workers at three of Amazon’s logistics centres in Germany have joined a strike called by the trade union Verdi, which will last until Saturday, and as part of a long-running bid for higher wages and better working conditions.

The trade unions have held repeated strikes in Germany, Amazon’s second biggest market after the United States of america, as of 2013, with the hope that the power of the e-commerce company to recognize collective bargaining agreements that apply to other retail workers.

Verdi said in a statement on Tuesday that about 1,200 workers are on the strike, which began on Sunday, on the Monday night shift at the warehouse in Bad Hersfeld, Koblenz, and Leipzig, and as a result, the last Saturday.

“The work at Amazon is very difficult, especially during the christmas season, and the pressure is very high. The employees are paying the price for Amazon’s quick delivery and commitment to its customers,” Verdi said.

An Amazon spokesman said that participation in the strike was quite low, and that the service had no impact on the company’s business.

Amazon has 20,000 employees in 35 locations in Germany, and is adding thousands of temporary staff to cover the christmas rush.

Reporting by Emma Thomasson and Matthias Inverardi; Editing by Michelle Martin

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