Strikes against Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) by its German workers aiming to increase wages
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Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is experiencing another strike by its workers in Germany as its union leaders are pushing them to fight for their rights regarding wages and other work conditions. The company is still not taking any action in their favor even after the strike. The labor union- Verdi – called the company’s workers and encouraged them to go on a strike at five different locations in Germany due to pay and work condition disputes.
Verdi’s official statement said that it told its workers to go on strike in the following locations as these were having the worst conditions: Leipzig, Werne, Graben, Rheinberg and Bad Hersfeld. The workers in Leipzig, Graben and Bad Hersfeld will on strike for three days starting Monday while the workers present in Werne will start their strike on Monday and continue on Tuesday as well.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) caters to around 9,000 workers in its warehouses within Germany, with nine of its distribution centers all over the country. Germany is the second biggest market for the company after the U.S. with 14,000 workers. The reason that Verdi is having these strikes carried out is because it wants Amazon to increase the pay these workers get to match the industry average.
However, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has rejected to carry out any such proposals given by its warehouse staff, by stating that they already receive pay which is above the average rate of the industry. It has been over a year now that the union is pushing Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) to pay higher wages by stating that workers in the company get lower wages compared to other mail order and retail jobs but the company has been constantly refuting the requests as being baseless.
The national executive member of Verdi, Stefanie Nutzenberger, stated that a collective agreement will result in high pressures being relieving in work with health burdens taken care of through different shifts. She stated that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) owes protection to its employees on matters regarding rules on holidays, working hours, and breaks, which are just a few aspects beingtaken care of.
On the other hand, the company has tried to get out of this collective union pressure caused by different worker unions in Germany for a while now but the strikes just never seem to end. If this progresses in the future then the company will have a serious impact on its operations as well as revenues in the country. If anything were to happen to the sales or operations in Germany then Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is in for a long and painful ride.
A spokeswoman for Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) stated that the company won’t be affected by the strikes that much thus there will be no effect on customer service and delivery times. She said that if a strike were to occur then Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) can easily fall back on the logistics network of other countries of Europe. However, Verdi is stating that it will soon increase pressures on the company before holiday season thus raising the number of strikes for them to act in favour of the workers. Industrial actions were only carried out in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld this year which didnt cover all the worker requests.
Other strikes anticipated to come this year may worsen this scenario according to the representative of Verdi, Joerg Lauenroth-Mago. He also stated that this extended action may cause the company to think more about its actions and have a backup plan even though no step has been taken as yet. He continued to say that protests will continue until Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) does something about the issue.