Sunday March 28, 2021
In the middle of the Easter business
Amazon employees should stop work
In the middle of the Easter business, the Verdi union called on workers in six Amazon distribution centers to go on a four-day strike. Verdi announced that work should be stopped at the beginning of the night shift from Sunday to Monday. Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig and two locations in Bad Hersfeld are affected. The aim is to enforce the recognition of the collective agreements for the retail and mail order business as well as the conclusion of a collective agreement for good and healthy work.
Verdi spoke of an “unofficial start of this year’s sectoral collective bargaining negotiations,” which will begin in the next few weeks. “Amazon continues to earn a golden nose in the Corona crisis,” said the union. For this reason alone, “tariff flight must be ended there”.
Verdi pointed out that in the retail and mail order business in the various federal states wage increases of 4.5 percent plus at least 45 euros are required over a period of twelve months. “That must also be possible with Amazon this year,” said Orhan Akman, who is responsible for retail and mail order at Verdi.
Effects on customer deliveries?
Due to the closure of large parts of the stationary retail trade in the Corona crisis, the order volume at Amazon went through the roof. “The colleagues had to unload it,” says Akman. “Due to the constant rush to work and performance monitoring, it is often hardly possible to maintain intervals and other measures against infection.” Nevertheless, Amazon has so far refused to “conclude a binding collective agreement to protect employees”.
An Amazon spokesman said on Saturday with a view to the expected strikes: “The actions will not affect customer deliveries.” In previous strike calls, over 90 percent of the employees in the logistics centers “worked normally”. The group works “closely with the works councils” together. Amazon employees have “already benefited from excellent wages, excellent additional benefits and excellent career opportunities”. Amazon proves “every day that we are a good employer even without a collective agreement,” said the spokesman.