The German Union Verdi called on workers at two Amazon logistics centers to start Monday, part of a long-term campaign for better wages and conditions.
Verdi has organized frequent strikes in Amazon in Germany since 2013 to push for dealers to increase payment for warehouse workers in accordance with the collective agreement in Germany’s mail order and retail.
Amazon has repeatedly rejected Value requirements saying that it believes that warehouse personnel should be paid in line with competitors in the logistics area, not as retailers. Germany is Amazon’s second largest market after the United States.
Workers in Germany and Spain staged last month on Black Friday, the discount expense that triggered the start of the important Christmas shopping season, but Amazon said there was no impact on customer orders.
On Monday, Verdi called for workers to turn into a warehouse in Werne in the west of the country until Tuesday while saying that the protest should continue until Christmas on Amazon’s warehouse in the eastern city of Leipzig
A spokesman said that it was possible for workers to also take action at other Amazon sites.
“We have given Amazon more time to respond to our demands,” said Verdi representative Thomas Schneider, saying it was a “provocation” that Amazon refused to negotiate.
“We will see if their promises to customers that delivery packages are always on Christmas Eve.”
(Reporting by Emma Thomasson Editing Keith Weir)