Amazon employees across German have downed tools in protest against wages and staff treatment.
A spokeswoman for the Verdi trade union told The Local that 500 workers were expected to take part in the industrial action on Monday morning at Bad Hersfeld, Hesse, at an Amazon logisitics centre.
In Rheinberg and Werne in North Rhine-Westphalia, the strike began shortly before midnight on Sunday evening, with some 500 workers taking part and further 300 workers in the town of Werne joining in.
The union action has affected six locations across the country in total, with 1700 participants in total and strikes expected to last until Christmas Eve.
“Last week’s closure of on-site retail has once again significantly increased the volume of orders placed with mail-order companies such as Amazon,” Verdi said in a statement.
“While the corporation continues to increase its billions in profits, it refuses to pay employees according to collective bargaining agreements. These are minimum conditions,” the union added.
A Verdi spokesman told The Local that Amazon was earning “a golden profit” while workers’ health suffered under the stress of delivering packages on time during the pandemic.
To date, Amazon has avoided joining in union agreements, as it says it offers good wages outside of traditional trade union structures.