Amazon Customers in Germany May Not Get Their Christmas Gifts on Time
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has had plenty of warning from its German workforce that a strike was being planned for Christmastime if Amazon didn’t make some changes for its German employees, but it doesn’t seem the world’s biggest e-commerce site has been willing to listen. Reuters reports that on Monday morning Amazon’s German workers are set to go on strike over a pay dispute.
According to the news service, the Verdi union that protects Amazon’s German workers said strikes will occur at Amazon’s operations in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, and Gramen on Monday. Another protest in Werne is set to begin on Tuesday. Small strikes organized by Ver.di have occurred throughout the year as the union warned bigger protests would be planned for Christmas if Amazon didn’t raise the pay of its German employees.
In addition to the protests in Germany, some German Amazon workers will protest at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle on Monday, aided by U.S. labor groups. Germany represents Amazon’s biggest market besides the U.S. The online retailer has claimed that the base pay it offers its German employees is standard in the country and won’t budge on the issue. The trade union in Germany is very powerful, and Amazon may be getting into hotter water than it thinks by not negotiating.