The German trade union called on workers in seven Amazon warehouses to go on strike on Tuesday to coincide with the global “Prime Day” promotion, which was postponed due to operational challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Verdi stated that a two-day strike will be organized as part of a long-term struggle with German Amazon over long-term wages and conditions, noting that the coronavirus bonuses introduced to German workers in March were cancelled again in May.
An Amazon spokesperson said that despite the strike, most employees continue to work normally. He said that the company offers “excellent salaries” and its benefits and working conditions are comparable to those of other important employers.
Verdi has been organizing strikes in Amazon in Germany since 2013, the most recent time being in June, to protest safety because some staff at the logistics center tested positive for the coronavirus.
Germany is Amazon’s largest market after the United States.
Prime Day is usually held in July to promote summer sales, and now the earlier holiday shopping season has begun. Member-only discounts are the main way Amazon sells Prime, which is a fast shipping and media streaming service that can attract subscribers to make more purchases on Amazon.
A report from the news website Reveal stated that the week before and after Golden Week last year was the most dangerous week for the Amazon fulfillment center to be injured, which aroused criticism from a famous union. Amazon disputes this statement.
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