German unions urge Amazon workers to strike on Black Friday – TBEN – 11/24/2022


The German trade union Verdi called on several thousand Amazon workers in Germany on Friday to strike for higher wages.

On Black Friday, workers in 10 of 20 warehouses and shipping centers will stop working, the union said Thursday.

Verdi demands better working conditions and recognition of the collective agreements of the retail and mail order trade.

The strike is part of the international day of action “Make Amazon Pay”, in which unions and organizations in more than 20 countries, including the US and France, are participating.

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The international strike day is “important” because a global company like Amazon cannot be fought “locally, regionally or nationally”, the union said.

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Amazon does not expect any interruptions

The company itself does not expect any consequences for customers in Germany from the strikes. At Amazon, preparations for Black Friday week “started months ago,” the company said.

Amazon employs more than 20,000 permanent logistics employees in Germany.

According to Amazon, the starting wage in the company, including bonuses, is almost €13 ($13.50) per hour. After two years of work, the average annual wage exceeds €33,000 ($34,340).

Black Friday is a colloquial term in the US for the Friday after Thanksgiving on which many retailers offer big discounts. It has long been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States, and the tradition is now spreading to other countries.

dh/dj (dpa, TBEN)