Amazon Employees Strike in Germany on Prime Day

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Amazon Workers Strike in Germany on Prime Day

The Ver.di union believes that its members deserve better wages, working conditions and more respect.

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October
13, 2020

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This story originally appeared on PC Mag

Today and tomorrow, Amazon will work tirelessly to meet demand for its Prime Day event. In Germany, however, this is made more difficult as workers will go on strike on both days in facilities that are spread across several cities.

As CNBC reports, workers in the German cities of Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz are expected to take part in the strike, although it is unclear how many will actually do so. It was organized by the Ver.di union, whose members believe that all Amazon workers deserve better wages, working conditions and more respect. Ver.di also accuses Amazon of using "espionage" to stop labor activists and keep union members away from their facilities.

In a response, an Amazon spokesman said the strikes will not affect the company's ability to deliver orders to customers. "Today our teams do what they do every day – they deliver for their customers in an environment that is fun, engaging and set up to make them successful," said the spokesman. "The fact is, we already offer great wages, great benefits, and great opportunities for professional growth while working in a safe, modern work environment … At Amazon, these perks and opportunities are job-related, as are the ability to communicate directly with the management of the company. "

UNI Global Union also commented on the strike. General Secretary Christy Hoffman said: "Amazon workers in Germany and everywhere are fighting for better pay and decent working conditions, but they also expect their constitutional rights to remain intact and private conversations to be held without a Big Brother watching over the online organization … Amazon did not ensure the safety of workers and we fear the influx of orders and the strenuous pace of Prime Day will make a bad situation worse. "

As for working conditions, the news website Reveal, created by the Center for Investigative Reporting, released a detailed report late last month on how Amazon has been hiding its security crisis. According to the report, "Amazon has deceived the public about rising injury rates among its warehouse workers."