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IN PICTURES: Germany takes to the streets in global climate strike

More than 500 climate change demonstrations were taking place across Germany on Friday as part of the global climate strike.

IN PICTURES: Germany takes to the streets in global climate strike
The Fridays for Future demonstration was underway in Hamburg on Friday morning. Photo: DPA

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Across the country, people of all ages came out onto the streets to demand governments take action to protect the environment.

In Germany, demos were happening in 575 cities, as the map below shows.

Demonstrators were in good spirits in Hamburg despite cloudy skies during the Fridays for Future demo.

In Berlin, many people carried signs.

Two participants dressed up as US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The sign carried by 'Merkel' implies: 'Mutti made a mistake, the youth must work it out'

Protesters gathered in Bonn around midday.

In Münster, some people blocked the road in protest against cars.

A young demonstrator carries a sign as the strike started in Berlin on Friday.

People gathered together and chanted for change at the capital's historic Brandenburg Gate.

In Mainz it was a similar picture as participants came out onto the streets.

Elsewhere in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg, protesters filled Stuttgart's Schlossplatz, many of them students holding signs with slogans such as “Dear Fossil Fuels, it's not us, it's you. It's time to end this unhealthy relationship.”

 

Greta Thunberg even received her own dedicated float in Düsseldorf, donning a T-Shirt with the words: “Do something finally against the climate catastophe.”

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CHRISTMAS

Strikes hit Amazon in Germany in the run up to Christmas

Around 2,500 Amazon employees at seven sites across Germany were on strike on Tuesday and unions warned stoppages could continue up to Christmas.

Amazon parcel in factory
A parcel rolls along a conveyor belt at an Amazon packing facility in Gera, Thuringia. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Bodo Schackow

The strikes at so-called “fulfilment” centres, where Amazon prepares packages before delivery, began in two locations on Monday.

The Verdi union is calling on Amazon for an “immediate” salary increase of three percent this year, followed by a further 1.7 percent next year, in line with a collective agreement for the retail sector, to which the e-commerce giant does not adhere.

Amazon could not continue to “refuse wage increases that other companies in the sector pay”, Verdi retail head Orhan Akman said in a statement Monday.

Amazon, which operates 17 centres in Germany, argues it is a logistics company, a sector in which the terms of work are considered to be less burdensome for the employer.

Amazon said it did not expect the strike to have an impact on clients.

However, a Verdi spokesman said the stoppage could cause disruption, particularly in Amazon’s rapid-delivery “Prime” offering.

Strikes were likely to continue “until the end of the year”, the spokesman said, impacting on the busy Christmas shopping period.

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Verdi, which first called for strikes at Amazon in May 2013, organised demonstrations outside the fulfilment centres on Tuesday to protest poor working conditions.

Amazon — which has seen its business boom during the coronavirus pandemic as consumers increasingly shopped online — announced in September that it would open eight new centres in Germany, creating 3,000 jobs by 2022.

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