Amazon employees at four distribution centres in Germany have gone on strike to protest against poor working conditions and pay.
Yesterday members of trade union Verdi stopped working in an attempt to force the ecommerce giant to raise their pay to match the collective bargaining agreements held between the country’s mail order and retail industries.
Many workers at Amazon’s warehouses in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz and Bad Hersfeld are set to continue to strike until Thursday, while some threatened to continue into the Easter holiday period.
This marks the latest round of action from Verdi, which has been holding frequent strikes since 2013.
Despite its efforts, Amazon has once again rejected the union’s demands, stating that they are a fair and responsible employer without a collective agreement, which pays wages comparable to similar jobs.
A spokesperson added that there was very limited participation in the strike, and the four warehouses out of the 12 it has in Germany taking part would not adversely affect deliveries.
“The employees are not giving up,” Verdi board member Stefanie Nutzenberger said.
“They want to put an end to the arbitrariness of a company that puts pressure on its employees with stressful work and controls.”