The service union Verdi has called on the employees of the mail order company Amazon in Leipzig to go on a four-day strike before Easter. He should start the night shift from Sunday to Monday. “A week ago, tens of thousands of female employees at Amazon’s Italian locations had already given up their work. They virtually sparked a wave of international pre-Easter strikes,” said union secretary Thomas Schneider on Sunday.
“Overall package of collective agreement” is required
“After all, it was Leipzig employees who sent a signal with their first labor disputes almost eight years ago and encouraged many other employees beyond the borders of the Federal Republic to take to the streets for a collective agreement,” emphasized Schneider. Much has already been achieved for the employees – from wage increases to better working conditions: “An overall package in the form of a collective agreement is and will remain our goal.”
Amazon does not expect the strike to have any impact. The company announced that one would look forward to it calmly. The mail order company referred to previous promotions. In previous strike calls, more than 90 percent of the employees in the logistics centers “worked normally”. According to Amazon, the starting wage (gross) for employees is between 11.30 euros and 12.70 euros, depending on the location. After 12 and 24 months it increases automatically. After two years, employees earned an average of around 2600 euros gross per month, it was said.
Amazon: “Are a good employer even without a collective agreement”
Amazon is wrongly exposed to criticism. “We have become a projection screen for groups who seek attention for their issues,” it said in a statement. You work closely with the works councils in the logistics centers. The employees would benefit from “excellent wages, excellent additional benefits and excellent career opportunities”: “We prove every day that we are a good employer even without a collective agreement.”
In the USA, too, unions are in a clinch with the online group: The deadline for a postal vote on an employee representative in a logistics warehouse in the US state of Alabama ends this Monday. It would be Amazon’s first US location with employee representation in the company’s 26-year history.