FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Commerce union Verdi known as on staff at seven German Amazon warehouses to go on a three-day strike that can coincide with “Black Friday” low cost purchasing gross sales on Nov. 27.
Scheduled to start with Wednesday’s evening shift, Verdi is demanding higher pay and dealing circumstances. Verdi has been organising strikes at Amazon in Germany – the corporate’s greatest market after america – since 2013, most lately final month throughout its “Prime Day” promotional occasion.
An Amazon spokesman stated on the time that the corporate provided “excellent” salaries, with advantages and dealing circumstances comparable with different necessary employers.
The U.S. retail large has seen gross sales soar globally as restrictions to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus despatched customers on-line, making it troublesome for some bricks-and-mortar outlets to compete.
Verdi argues this has strengthened the case for larger wages, including staff weren’t sufficiently protected towards the unfold of the coronavirus.
Final week, Amazon bowed to authorities strain in France to postpone its native Black Friday occasion by every week to assist native shopkeepers battling a nationwide lockdown.
Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Modifying by Kirsten Donovan