Hundreds of Amazon workers in Germany strike over pay

City A.M. Reporter
HUNDREDS of warehouse workers at Amazon’s German operations went on strike yesterday in a bitter dispute over pay and benefits.

The internet retailer, which employs around 9,000 people in Germany, has come under fire from trade union Verdi.

The union is pressing for higher basic pay and for better incentives for employees working night shifts. Verdi said yesterday that about 900 workers overall had participated in the strike.

Amazon has been criticised by the trade union repeatedly for refusing to enter into a collective agreement with workers.

A spokeswoman for Amazon’s German operations said that the company did not expect deliveries to customers to be affected. She added that its employees are paid at the top end of what warehouse staff at other firms are, and said the company was willing to negotiate over pay but it did not currently see a middle ground.

Germany is crucial to Amazon, since it is its second biggest market after the US.