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Amazon Warehouse Workers Strike in Germany

by Todd Haselton | June 3, 2014June 3, 2014 8:00 pm PDT

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Amazon warehouse workers are on strike in Germany and on Monday announced intentions to continue fighting against the company. According to Reuters as many as 600 employees across Amazon’s facilities in Germany are refusing to return to work until their labor union, Verdi, reaches a deal to improve working conditions and salary.

This isn’t the first time the union workers have fought for higher pay and Amazon has so far refused to compromise, it seems. Reuters said that the company has long argued the union workers in Germany are paid “above-average” compared to other workers employed by competing warehouse distribution centers.

It’s not immediately clear how big of an affect on Amazon’s business the strike will have, though logistically it could cause shipment delays to customers out of some order fulfillment centers. Thankfully, however, there are an additional 8,400 workers in Germany who are not on strike.

The Amazon warehouse employees started to vanish from shifts as early as Friday, Reuters said, and additional workers were asked to strike by Verdi over the weekend.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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