Amazon hit by fresh German strikes

Amazon hit by fresh German strikes
Amazon's distribution centre in Leipzig. Photo: DPA
Further strikes hit online retailer Amazon on Monday morning in Germany, as a long-standing dispute over pay rumbled on.

Worker's union Verdi announced the strike on Monday among employees at Amazon's Leipzig distribution centre.

A Verdi spokesman said they would fight “across Germany and Europe” if Amazon continued to reject talks. But the online order company said last Wednesday that it would not negotiate.

Jörg Lauenroth-Mago from Verdi said the strikes from the past year would continue.

In a statement on its Facebook page posted on Monday morning, Verdi said Amazon had been given plenty of time since the last industrial action before Christmas to come to an agreement with the union.

Campaigners have been trying for months to bring the pay of Amazon's 9,000 workers in Germany in line with wages in the distribution sector.

Amazon has so far refused, arguing that its distribution centers are logistics sites and that it pays its staff accordingly. Wages in the logistics sector in Germany are lower than in distribution.

A series of strikes were also held before Christmas in Leipzig, Augsburg and Bad Hersfeld.

Germany is Amazon’s second biggest market after the US.  

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