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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The service union Verdi has called on the employees of the mail order company Amazon at six locations to a four-day strike before Easter. He should start the night shift from Sunday to Monday. The locations affected are Werne, Rheinberg (both North Rhine-Westphalia), Leipzig (Saxony), Koblenz (Rhineland-Palatinate) and two locations in Bad Hersfeld, Hesse.
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, said Orhan Akman, who is responsible for retail and mail order at Verdi. “The colleagues had to unload it. Owing to the constant rush to work and performance monitoring, it is often hardly possible to keep distances and other measures against infection.” Amazon has so far refused to conclude a binding collective agreement to protect employees.
Amazon rejected on Sunday evening that anti-corona measures could often not be adhered to. A statement from the company said that more than 150 processes in the logistics network had been significantly adapted. “These include increased cleaning and disinfection intervals, temperature measurement when entering the building, mask requirement, 2-meter distance rules and staggered shift and break times.” The mail order company does not expect the strike to have any effects. One looks at him calmly, announced Amazon and referred to previous actions.
In the USA, too, unions are at odds with the online giant: The deadline for a vote on employee representation in a logistics warehouse in the US state of Alabama ends this Monday. It would be Amazon’s first US location with employee representation in the company’s 26-year history./sax/DP/jha