The fight for better wages and working conditions of Amazon employees in Germany continues and according to Reuters workers at six of the nine Amazon warehouses in Germany are now on strike.
The strike will run until 24th of December at four of the centers and for shorter periods at the others, but Amazon, who employs about 10,000 warehouse staff in Germany, seems to take it all in stride.
– There is absolutely no impact on our customer delivery promise. The vast majority of our employees are working, says an Amazon spokeswoman, noting that Amazon uses a network of 29 warehouses across Europe to fulfill orders.
Frequent Strikes Since May 2013
Verdi, which has a longstanding battle with Amazon over wages, has organized frequent strikes at Amazon since May 2013. The union says Amazon is a retailer and because of that wants Amazon to raise pay for its warehouse workers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements across Germany’s mail order and retail industry.
Amazon, however, has repetedly rejected the demand, arguing that it regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and says they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry.