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Amazon workers strike in Germany

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:57 a.m. HST, Nov 25, 2013

BERLIN » Hundreds of Amazon.com Inc. workers are staging a strike in Germany and the union says there will be more to come in the run-up to Christmas unless the online retailer raises wages.

The one-day warning strike today at Amazon's distribution centers in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig were the latest of several as the ver.di union pushes for wage agreements similar to those governing retail and mail-order workers.

Amazon has already agreed to pay Christmas bonuses but ver.di says the concession isn't enough and it "is in Amazon's hands" whether there are more strikes.

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

Ver.di represents about 2,000 workers in Leipzig and 3,300 in Bad Hersfeld.

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lokela wrote:
Didn't know Amazon had workers outside of the US. Germany on top of that. Wonder what their wages are over there.
on November 25,2013 | 05:54AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Amazon is worldwide. Great way for us to sample exotic foods from Europe. Nothing is far away when airlines are involved.
on November 25,2013 | 06:40AM
Anonymous wrote:
UNIONS are fighting for their survival - they will soon be extinct and benefits they attained lost through employer bankruptcy
on November 25,2013 | 10:47AM
AhiPoke wrote:
This illustrates the "European Model" that obama thinks the US should be moving towards. After five years it's obvious that obama is a socialist who has no clue nor skills to run a capitalist country. The man is dragging us into the fiscal abyss like Greece, Spain, etc.
on November 25,2013 | 06:39AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Some people always have to mention Obama even when does not involve him. Get a life, please.
on November 25,2013 | 06:44AM
Don't feed the trolls.
on November 25,2013 | 07:08AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Yes, and some people are like lemmings, following their leader no matter how bad the direction they're headed toward is.
on November 25,2013 | 07:22AM
HIE wrote:
Except that Germany has always had very strong union participation and is probably the most stable capitalist economy in the world.
on November 25,2013 | 07:05AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Everyone must ask for their fair share. Whether you are in a labor union or not, asking for your fair share is not greedy.
on November 25,2013 | 06:41AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Amazon sells many items that local stores do not carry. Stores only sell fast moving items to keep inventories low, and profits high.
on November 25,2013 | 06:45AM
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