Amazon Workers in Germany on Strike Over Wages

Employees of  American online retailer Amazon demonstrate during a strike in front of the logistics center, in Graben,  near Augsburg, Germany,  Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.   Hundreds of workers at Amazon.com in Germany have walked off the job in an effort to put pressure on the American online retailer in the busy days before Christmas to settle on a new wage agreement. The ver.di union said Monday that several hundred workers were staging one-day warning strikes at Amazon logistics centers in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld and Graben.  Word on poster at right reads : Strike. (AP Photo/dpa, Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)
AP/dpa, Karl-Josef HildenbrandEmployees of Amazon demonstrate during a strike in front of the logistics center in Graben, near Augsburg, Germany on Monday, Dec. 16.
BERLIN -- Hundreds of workers at Amazon.com (AMZN) in Germany have walked off the job in an effort to put pressure on the American online retailer in the busy days before Christmas to settle on a new wage agreement.

The ver.di union said Monday that several hundred workers were staging one-day warning strikes at Amazon logistics centers in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld and Graben.

Ver.di says German workers will also picket with American colleagues outside the Amazon headquarters in Seattle to press their demands.

The union says Amazon workers receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs. Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees are already paid on the upper end of what workers in that industry earn.

Amazon has about 9,000 full-time employees in Germany.

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troll.boat

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You failed again...

December 17 2013 at 9:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
clistman

To the ones complaining about the wages meaning prices will be higher thats bs.. Look at what Apple pays those Chinese workers pretty much nothing and yet the products are pretty high? Hmm doesnt seem they passed that savings onto you at all?

December 17 2013 at 1:59 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
clistman

You noticed they didnt put the wages out there cause I bet its a heck of alot more than what they pay the American workers? I give Germany people and the country credit. They fight for good wages and they dont complain about paying higher prices on other things and taxes cause they can still live well and Germany is the only EU country doing quite well. I wish we had a Angele Merkel who took care of the US like she does the Germans.

December 17 2013 at 1:56 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
classof68gto

Fire them and get new people. That should not be hard.

December 17 2013 at 1:33 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Their names will be documented and fired promptly after the holidays.

December 16 2013 at 11:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fcmean

can their butts.

December 16 2013 at 11:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
pdbliz

I want to thank you guys for the NEGITIVES.!!!!!! I can now,,rest and sleep well tonight knowing I made a POSITIVE STATEMENT...!!!!!

CARMA........IS ..HELL.!!!!!

December 16 2013 at 10:35 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
pdbliz

After 2016,,,may not be enough jobs around to tax....So,,where will the Welfare Program gets its money.???? Harry Reid,,,Nancy P......Obama,,,they do not even give enough to charitys to count.!!!

December 16 2013 at 8:59 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
pdbliz

I got a idea,,,,,SHUT THE COMPANY DOWN IN GERMANY,,,BRING IT HOME,,,,
IT IS A TAX SCAM ANYWAY.!!!!!

December 16 2013 at 8:57 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
rbi2787

Obizzels has been shoveling something for the past 5 years but it sure does not smell like jobs

December 16 2013 at 7:05 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply