Germany -Christmas strike at Amazon -December 20, 2013

In an ongoing pay dispute, Amazon workers have organised a week long Christmas strike until 21 December. The strike, that was announced in advance, interfered with the company’s Christmas shipments. Meanwhile, a delegation of trade unionists, including the American union AFL-CIO, went to Amazon global headquarters in Seattle. Global management, however, refused to negotiate with the unions, stating they ‘feel it is best to work directly with our employees, not through an intermediary’. Amidst solidarity statements from AFL-CIO, Germany unions have announced the strikes will continue in 2014.

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