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Amazon workers in Germany to strike over pay, Verdi union says

Labour Union Verdi said that the workers at seven Amazon sites across Germany will go on strike over pay for at least two days this week starting on Sunday night to Monday.

Under the motto, “No more discount on our incomes”, the strike will coincide with Amazon’s Prime Day when the US online retail giant offers its ‘Prime’ customers discount deals. To date, Germany is the second-biggest market of Amazon after the United States.

Since 2013, Amazon has faced a long-running battle with unions in Germany over better pay and conditions for logistics workers.

 “While Amazon fuels bargain hunting on Prime Day with hefty discounts, employees are being deprived of a living wage,” Verdi retail specialist Orhan Akman said.

The strikes according to the Verdi would hit Amazon’s sites in Werne, Rheinberg, Leipzig, Graben, Koblenz, as well as at Amazon’s two sites in Bad Hersfeld.

They also demanded that collective bargaining agreements be made binding across Germany’s retail sector. In Germany, there are total of 12 warehouses ran by Amazon. It is reported earlier on July 14, that the company has plans to open a new warehouse in Germany this year and create more than 2,800 jobs with permanent contracts.

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