June 29, 2022

U.S e-commerce and tech giant, Amazon Inc.’s few warehouse workers in Germany has begun strike action over better pay and working conditions.

According to Verdi, the latest strike had been called to seek a rise in pay in accordance with agreements the union has reached with the broader retail and mail-order industries in Germany.

Verdi is the German services sector union that has actively been organising on and off strikes at Amazon sites in the country since 2013 over its low pay and poor working conditions. After the United States, Germany is Amazon’s biggest market.

It has also mentioned that workers at three Amazon warehouses in the states of Saxony and Hesse would go out on strike on Monday, coinciding with All Saints’ Day, a public holiday in few German states.

Verdi mentioned that starting in the early hours of Tuesday, workers at four more locations will go on strike, and the strikes would last from between 24 hours to up to three days.

The union’s representative, Orhan Akman commented that it is unacceptable of a multinational corporation worth billion dollars to refuse to give employees the wage increment that other companies in the industry pay per se.

The union also wants to reach an agreement over fair working conditions with Amazon and whilst the tech giant also recognise the collective agreements in the retail and mail order industry.

According to Amazon, it rebutted by saying that it offers excellent pay, benefits and career opportunities. While it will also not see any impact per se on its clients due to the on going strike.

According to reports, the company earlier this year had mentioned about guaranteed entry-level wage starting from July at its German warehouses of 12 euros ($13.9) an hour. This means that it will rise to at least 12.50 euros per hour from autumn 2022.

The retail company’s wages exceed Germany’s current minimum wage of 9.60 euros per hour. However, the country’s minimum wage is expected to rise by 12 euros if an agreement is reached by the country’s next coalition government.