German Amazon workers on strike


This 21 September 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Fridays for future‘: Amazon workers walk out for climate | AFP

Amazon workers gather outside the Seattle headquarters to urge tech companies to act against climate change.

From the World Socialist Web site, 20 December 2019:

Strike at three German Amazon centres

Around 1,200 Amazon workers at Bad Hersfeld, Koblenz and Leipzig Amazon sites in Germany walked out on Monday, until Saturday, hitting the busy run-up to Christmas.

The Verdi union members are involved in a long-running campaign to improve pay and conditions in line with other retail staff in Germany. Amazon classifies them as logistics workers with pay and conditions in line with logistics workers. The strikers are also demanding an increased Christmas bonus.

Amazon employs around 20,000 in Germany at 35 sites and takes on thousands of additional temporary workers in the Christmas period.

The conglomerate is notorious for tax avoidance. In 2018, US-based Amazon paid negative income tax to the US treasury. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is worth over $113 billion, while Amazon workers survive on poverty level wages.

A report by the investment bank Morgan Stanley released last week notes that a major shift is taking place within the logistics and delivery industry which will accelerate the deterioration of conditions for millions of warehouse workers and drivers in the United States and around the globe. According to the report, Amazon Logistics, a subsidiary of Amazon, the international technology company owned by multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos, is set to surpass the volume of FedEx by 2020 and United Parcel Service (UPS) by 2022, representing a potential loss of $65 billion in revenue for the rival firms: here.

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