In Germany the discussion around the wages of the distribution workers of online retailers is still raging. At Amazon the employees continue to struggle for a better pay and better working conditions, while Zalando recently announced a pay rise. Although that sounds good, even with the rise the wages at Zalando are still lower than those at Amazon.
Yearly pay rise
A spokesperson of Zalando said to the Berliner Morgenpost that the rise in pay was just ‘the usual annual pay rise’. About 2,500 employees of Zalando will be getting a higher wage – from 8.53 euro to 8.79 euro. The own distribution centres of Zalando have only been in use since the autumn of last year, when the first ones opened up in Erfurt and Brieselang, so it remains to be seen how 'annual' these rises really are.
Before the handling of orders from Zalando was done at logistics partners - and it was at those companies that a German TV report showed very bad working conditions. Zalando pointed a finger at its Dutch partner Docdata, who was said to be responsible. The employees at Docdata currently make between 7.58 euro and 7.80 euro, a lot lower than the people at Zalando.
Higher wages at Amazon
At Amazon there have already been some strikes concerning higher wages. The employees at the eight German warehouses of the online retailer currently earn between 9.65 euro and 11.12 euro: already more than at Zalando, but still too low according to union Ver.di, who wants a pay between 11.47 euro and 11.96 euro.
According to Zalando it is normal that the wages at Amazon are higher, because Zalando is a much younger company, founded in 2008 and still not making a profit. Last year they even made a loss of over 90 million euro. Amazon also went into the red that year.