Amazon workers in Germany strike on ‘Prime Day’

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A German trade union called on employees at seven Amazon warehouses to move to strike on Tuesday to coincide with the online marketplaces global “Prime Day” advertising event that was postponed as a result of operational challenges in your coronavirus pandemic.

Verdi said it was organising the two-day strike as part of a long-running battle with Amazon in Germany over better pay and conditions, noting that a coronavirus bonus introduced to workers in Germany in March was scrapped again in May.

An Amazon spokesman stated the majority of workers were continuing to function as normal regardless of the strike call. He explained the company offered “excellent salaries”, with rewards and working conditions similar to other crucial companies.

Verdi has been trapping strikes in Amazon in Germany because 2013, most recently in June in protest on safety after some employees at logistics centres tested positive for the coronavirus.

Germany is currently Amazon’s biggest market after the US.

Prime Day, typically held in July to boost summertime sales, is now a kick-off to what will likely be a previous holiday shopping season. The member-only discounts are an integral way Amazon markets Prime, a fast-shipping and media-streaming service that incentivises readers to do more shopping on Amazon.

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A report by news website Reveal said the week around last year’s Prime Day was the very dangerous for injuries at Amazon’s fulfilment centres, prompting criticism by a prominent union. Amazon disputed the claims.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Matthias Inverardi and Emma Thomasson. Editing by Kirsten Donovan.

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