Amazon staff in Germany strike for second time in two weeks

AMAZON workers in Germany staged a second strike in two weeks over pay and benefits yesterday.

Verdi, the trade union that represents the vast majority of Amazon’s German staff, said around 250 warehouse workers in Leipzig, Saxony, went on strike yesterday morning with more employees joining the demonstration as the day went on.

It is the second strike in less than two weeks after around 900 workers in Leipzig and another town, Bad Hersfield, launched industrial action over the same issue.

The workers are demanding a rise in pay, from €9.30 (£8) per hour to €10.66, as well as better supplementary income for workers on night shifts and those who work during weekends and holidays.

Amazon, which employs around 9,000 people in Germany, says it already pays at the high end compared to what similar jobs at other companies earn, and that although it is willing to engage with Verdi it does not see an agreement being reached any time soon.

At the time of the last strike, Amazon said that deliveries had not been affected, although the web retailer could do without the public relations issue in Germany, which is the company’s second-largest market after the US.

The company has also been criticised over its tax arrangements across Europe, where some sales are channeled into subsidiaries in Luxembourg.

Amazon could not be reached for comment yesterday.