Amazon workers in Germany strike
03 June 2013, 18:14
Frankfurt - Workers at internet retailer Amazon.com's German operations are set to hold a third one-day strike on Monday in a dispute over pay and benefits.
Trade union Verdi has called on workers at Amazon's logistics centres in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld not to work on Monday.
About 600 workers at Amazon's facilities in Bad Hersfeld and around 300 in Leipzig went on strike on 14 May and followed up with one-day stoppages on May 27 in Leipzig and 29 May in Bad Hersfeld.
Amazon employs around 9 000 people in Germany and has come under fire from the union for refusing to implement a collective agreement on employment conditions similar to deals at other mail order and retail firms.
The union is also pressing for higher basic pay and bigger supplements for night shifts.
The union in Leipzig is calling for starting pay of €10.66 (approximately KES 1 170) per hour, compared with €9.3 (approximately KES 1 000) at present.
In Bad Hersfeld, it wants pay to be increased to €12.18 (approximately KES 1 330) from €9.83 (approximately KES 1 070).
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