Employees of internet retailer Amazon in Germany have gone on an old-fashioned strike. Yesterday hundreds of workers stopped working for a day to demand better working conditions and higher wages.
Higher wages and compensations for night work
In the central warehouse in Leipzig about 500 of the 2,000 employees joined the strike. In Bad Hersfeld, where Amazon has two distribution centres, several hundreds followed. Amazon employs about 9,000 people in total in Germany.
In their first year employees of Amazon in Leipzig get 9.30 euro per hour, after that year it gets raised to 10 euro. The worker’s union wants a minimum wage of 10.66 euro for Leipzig. In Bad Hersfeld the company pays 9.83 euro per hour; there the union wants about 12 euro and a compensation for night work.
Improvement working atmosphere
The workers also want an improvement of the working conditions. Recently a television show caused some fuss when it revealed that workers of Amazon – among them a lot of immigrants – were watched by security guards with Nazi sympathies.
Germany is the most important market for Amazon outside the United States. The company saw its sales rise in that country by 20% last year, to 6.8 billion euro.