German Worker Strike Threatens Amazon’s Holiday Cheer


Workers at Amazon in Germany are striking yet again in an effort to coax the company into better pay and conditions.

Hundreds of workers at two Amazon centers, one in Bad Hersfeld and one in Leipzig, walked out on Monday.

At the heart of the strikes — there have been a handful of short strikes by Amazon workers in Germany this year — is Amazon’s classification of itself as a logistics company. Workers are pushing for a collective bargaining agreement that would bring payment and working conditions in line with those who work in the “mail order and retail” sector, which has more generous minimum requirements than logistics.

The union organizing the strikes has floated the idea of expanding walkouts during December, muddying up Amazon’s holiday operations.

Germany is Amazon’s second-biggest market behind the U.S. and accounts for about one-third of the company’s overseas sales. Amazon employs 9,000 people there.

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