January 22, 2021

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Strike actions at Amazon in Germany during Black Friday

Strike actions at Amazon in Germany during Black Friday

The German trade union Verdi is planning strike actions at Amazon during the Friday, Black Friday negotiation period. The union is thus intensifying its years of struggle with the online shop.

Measures are planned in seven shipping centers in Germany, said Verdi. The workers in the centers in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld (two centers), Rheinberg, Werne, Graben near Augsburg and Koblenz left work on Wednesday evening at the beginning of the night shift for a period of three days.

With this step, the union wants to put pressure on Amazon to recognize collective agreements (CLAs) for employees in the sales and shipping departments as well as a CLA for well-being at work. The union is also calling on Amazon to start negotiations on wages.

Such strike actions are common at Amazon, and the company has already determined in the past that the actions have no effect on customers. A spokesperson previously said that at work, the teams will focus on delivering packages to customers.

Verdi representatives could not tell how many employees had quit the job. Because of the corona crisis, more people are simply staying at home rather than gathering at the picket line. Amazon has 15 logistics centers in Germany and employs around 16,000 people.