The background to the strike is the demands for collective bargaining regulations to protect health and the recognition of collective bargaining agreements in the retail and mail order business. According to Verdi, more than 500 employees had already stopped working last week. “Customers who are on the hunt for bargains at Amazon should bear in mind that this is bought with poor working conditions and unfair, because not collectively agreed, wages. This gives Amazon a competitive advantage over other retail companies,” said the union’s spokeswoman.
Amazon says it is calm about the strike. “As every day, our teams concentrate on getting the parcels to the customer. The campaigns do not affect customer deliveries, the vast majority of employees work normally,” said a statement.