Germany - Strikes at Amazon during busy Christmas period - December 31, 2018

Amidst the busy Christmas period, workers at two Amazon distribution centres in the country have gone on strike as part of a push for improved work conditions that is already going on for five years. Trade union Verdi, that is representing the workers, says Amazon employees receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs in Germany. Verdi has been calling on Amazon to changes its rules to allow a legally binding collective bargaining agreement for the company’s approximately 16,000 German employees which it believes would guarantee better working conditions. The union is seeking an agreement similar to that available for retail workers and other mail order companies.

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