German union extends strikes at Amazon’s Leipzig warehouse until the 24th of December

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

BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.D) workers in the east German city of Leipzig to extend up to and including christmas Eve, as their strike over pay and conditions, labour union Verdi said on Friday.

Since 2013, the trade unions have staged repeated strikes at Amazon facilities in Germany, Amazon’s second biggest market after the United States of america, in the hope that it will have the effect of the e-commerce company to recognize collective bargaining agreements that apply to other retail workers.

Verdi said more than 400 of Amazon employees in Leipzig, was at the end of each day, since Monday.

Verdi had said on Tuesday that about 1,200 workers are taking part in a strike that was begun during the Sunday and Monday night shift at the warehouse in Bad Hersfeld, Koblenz, and Leipzig. The strike is due to last until Dec. 21, the union said.

However, it said on Friday that the strike was in d it would stay until December. 24. Spokespersons for the union in Bad Hersfeld and the town could not be reached.

“Especially in the christmas season, we want to show that staff do not expect gifts, but rather the question of fair working conditions and to collectively agreed wages,” strike leader Thomas Schneider said in a statement.

“It’s business as usual for the Amazon today with our well-paid, dedicated and well-respected teams in Germany are doing what they do every day – to deliver to their customers,” said a spokesman for Amazon said.

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

Reporting by Michelle Martin and of Any Ahlswede, editing by Larry King

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