Amazon Germany workers stage third strike over too-low wages

Amazon strike
Amazon strike

Unhappy Amazon Germany workers are today holding their third one-day strike this year, protesting for better pay and more benefits.

The strike is being organised by union Verdi, with staff from logistics centres in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld beginning the strike at 4am this morning. It will continue until the end of the late shift tonight.

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The union argues that Amazon is not matching the wage agreement for retail and mail-order industries – despite describing itself as an online retailer, which Verdi said in a press release means it is a “classic retail/mail-order industry”.  Amazon has countered this by saying their staff work in logistics.

The staff are also after further supplementary benefits for night shifts, plus other benefits such as Christmas money, overtime and holiday pay. The union claims that in Hessen the starting wage is €9.83 when it should be €12.18.

This isn’t the first time Amazon Germany has faced disruptions to its work – close to 1000 staff went on strike on 13 May, with two more strikes taking place on 27 May in Leipzig and 29 May in Bad Hersfeld.

Last week, we reported that logistics staff at Zalando received a wage rise, though it’s still less than that paid by Amazon. When we spoke to a Zalando representative, they told us the rise was not a reaction to the Amazon strikes, but rather a natural increase as the company grows older and more established.

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