Company rejecting pay raises included in collective agreement
BERLIN (Reuters) — Hundreds of workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany went on strike on Monday, the first stoppage this year in a pay dispute that has been dragging on for months.
Three of Amazon's German logistic centres were hit by stoppages in the run-up to Christmas, although the company said deliveries were not affected.
Verdi wants Amazon to raise pay for workers at its German distribution centres in accordance with collective bargaining agreements for the mail order and retail industry.
However, Amazon has rejected the demand, arguing that it regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and says they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry.