German union calls the strike at Amazon warehouses

FILE PHOTO: Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the district of Manhattan of New York City, united states, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – German trade union Verdi called on workers at two of Amazon (AMZN.D) logistics centers to store on Monday, part of a long-running campaign for better wages and working conditions.

Verdi has organised frequent strikes at Amazon in Germany since 2013 in order to press the demands for the retailer to raise pay for warehouse workers in accordance with the collective agreement in the German mail order and retail industry.

Amazon has repeatedly refused Verdi’s demands, saying: believe in the warehouse to be paid, in line with the competitors in the logistics sector, not retail staff. Germany is Amazon’s second largest market after the United States.

The workers in Germany and Spain staged strikes in the last month on Black Friday, the discount spending spree that kicked off the start of the crucial christmas shopping season, but Amazon said that there was no impact on the orders of the customer.

On Monday, Verdi called on workers to save in a warehouse in Werne in the west of the country until Tuesday, while it said that the protest must continue until Christmas at the Amazon warehouse in the eastern city of Leipzig.

A spokesman said it was possible that the workers can also take action on other Amazon sites.

“We have repeatedly given Amazon more time to respond to our questions,” said Verdi representative Thomas Schneider, said that it was a “provocation” that Amazon refused to negotiate.

“We shall see if their promises to the customers for the delivery of parcels punctually by christmas Eve can be met.”

Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Keith Weir

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