Amazon workers in Germany extend strike over wages

More than 600 people walked off the job over the weekend following a dispute over pay.


Amazon's trouble with workers in Germany isn't going away, and the situation appears to be getting a bit worse.

Verdi, the labor union that represents Amazon workers in Germany, has requested that employees at distribution centers in Bad Hersfeld and Graben walk off the job in protest over pay, the organization announced Monday, according to Reuters. The call for a wider strike came just days after more than 600 Amazon workers started their own strikes in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig.

Amazon has been dealing with strikes across Germany since last year. During the busy holiday-shopping season, workers at distribution centers walked off the job, arguing that their pay is not in line with their job requirements. The workers argue that they are mail order and retail employees, putting them in an industry that has higher average wages. Amazon maintains that they are logistics workers and actually earn more than the average logistics employee in that industry.

Verdi has been attempting to increase the number of workers willing to walk out on their jobs and strike. The labor union believed that striking during the holiday rush would accomplish the mission, but Amazon contends that order processing was not affected. In subsequent strikes, Amazon has held fast that it believes its workers are making what the industry calls for.

Germany is an important market for Amazon. The company employs 9,000 employees at its distribution centers and adds another 14,000 during the holiday-shopping season. Amazon has nine distribution centers across Germany.

CNET has contacted Amazon for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.

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