Saxony: Strike at Amazon: Verdi expects up to 350 participants

Leipzig (dpa / sn) - According to its own statements, the Verdi union expects 300 to 350 participants in a short-term stoppage at the Amazon site in Leipzig.

Saxony: Strike at Amazon: Verdi expects up to 350 participants

Leipzig (dpa / sn) - According to its own statements, the Verdi union expects 300 to 350 participants in a short-term stoppage at the Amazon site in Leipzig. A spokesman announced on Friday morning that they were fighting for the recognition of the collective agreements in retail and mail order and for a collective agreement on "good and healthy work". The strike takes place on Black Friday, when numerous retailers try to lure customers with special offers.

According to Verdi, these discount campaigns mean constant stress for Amazon employees. "This exacerbates the already difficult working conditions," it said in a statement.

According to the spokesman, a rally focusing on healthy work was planned for Friday in Leipzig. It must be clarified what the employees need in order to be able to work and retire healthy at Amazon. Accordingly, employees in downtown Leipzig want to draw attention to their demands. The walkout is expected to last until Saturday evening. According to the trade unionist, it has been running since Wednesday night.

Verdi had called on several thousand Amazon employees nationwide for a strike and day of action for higher wages. Work stoppages were planned in 10 of the 20 storage and shipping centers. The Group did not expect any impact on customers.

According to Amazon, it employs more than 20,000 permanent employees in logistics in Germany. A spokesman said the starting wage, including bonuses, is at least 13 euros per hour. In addition, the group refers to an "attractive and safe working environment".

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