Verdi said in a statement it had called out
workers to strike at distribution centers in Bad Hersfeld and
Graben after more than 600 staff walked off the job in Bad
Hersfeld and Leipzig on Friday and Saturday.
The U.S. company employs a total of 9,000 warehouse staff at
nine distribution centers in Germany, its second-biggest market
behind the United States, plus 14,000 seasonal workers.
Verdi wants Amazon to raise pay for workers at its distribution
centers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements
across the mail order and retail industry in Germany and has
organized several stoppages over the past year.
Amazon, however, has rejected the demand, arguing that it
regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and says they
receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry.
Verdi said retail and mail order workers had a pay rise of 5.1
percent in two stages last year, while Amazon employees received
an average raise of 2 percent.
(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; editing by Jane Baird)
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