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Amazon workers in Germany stage strike

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:24 a.m. HST, May 27, 2013



BERLIN » Amazon's German workers are staging a short-term strike in a push for higher wages.

The ver.di union said today employees in Leipzig are walking off the job in a one-day warning strike.

The union is pushing the online retailer to adopt wage agreements similar to those governing retail and mail-order workers, which include Christmas bonuses and extra pay for working nights, Sundays and holidays. The agreements could mean as much as 9,000 euros ($11,700) more annually for Amazon workers.

Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers, and employees are already paid on the upper end of what workers in that industry earn.

Ver.di represents some 2,000 workers in Leipzig and 3,300 employees at Amazon's Bad Hersfeld center. They staged a first strike earlier this month.






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serious wrote:
Typical unions---gimme gimme!!! If they think they can make more money somewhere else--go for it. They don't have the Jones Act so their cost of living is reasonable.
on May 27,2013 | 06:38AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Let's talk about the CEOs pay that you are mum about.
on May 27,2013 | 09:10AM
cojef wrote:
They are lucky to be employed, Greece in the making??
on May 27,2013 | 07:23AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Union workers are not asking for the million dollar pay package that the CEO gets.. They just want their fair share.
on May 27,2013 | 09:09AM
purigorota wrote:
I wonder how much they make per hour?
on May 27,2013 | 09:27AM
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