Amazon hit by strikes at 4 German areas ahead of holidays

DPA News Agency Germany
FILED - A Verdi banner that says: "We are on strike" stands in front of the Amazon logistics centre. The national German union Verdi called for strikes at multiple German locations of Amazon. Photo: Guido Kirchner/dpa Credit: Guido Kirchner / dpa / Guido Kirchner/dpa

Munich (dpa) – The national German union Verdi on Monday referred to as for strikes at 4 areas of retailer Amazon simply ahead of the Easter holidays.

The strikes had been referred to as to final by means of Thursday in Rheinberg and Werne, two areas in North-Rhine Westphalia.

Staff at Amazon’s largest German logistics centre in Unhealthy Hersfeld had been referred to as to strike by means of Tuesday, whereas workers in Koblenz had been referred to as for a one-day strike on Monday.

Amazon stated it didn’t foresee delays in deliveries as the vast majority of workers had been nonetheless anticipated to come back to work.

Amazon has 12 warehouses and 11 logistics centres throughout Germany, using 13,000 folks.

Verdi has been in a long-running dispute with Amazon since 2013, demanding it attain collective bargaining agreements which can be widespread in Germany. Amazon has insisted it may be a good and responsible employer with out collective bargaining.

A spokesperson for Amazon stated the retailer pays above-average wages at its logistics centres, beginning at 10.78 euros (12.18 {dollars}) an hour.

Stefanie Nutzenberger of Verdi stated it was time to finish Amazon’s “wilful” disregard for employees, together with undue stress and controls positioned on its workers.