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Verdi and Greenpeace protest against Amazon

The Verdi union and the environmental organization Greenpeace protested against Amazon on the occasion of the "Black Friday" discount campaign.

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Verdi and Greenpeace protest against Amazon

The Verdi union and the environmental organization Greenpeace protested against Amazon on the occasion of the "Black Friday" discount campaign. Verdi has repeatedly asked the US company for better pay for mail-order employees and for recognition of the collective bargaining agreement in the retail sector. The union called on employees in ten distribution centers nationwide to take part in protests.

Amazon had already rejected the criticism and referred to starting wages including bonuses of at least 13 euros per hour. According to the company, after two years of service, the average gross salary is more than 35,000 euros per year. In addition, there would be subsidies for local transport and company pension schemes as well as for further training.

According to Amazon, it does not expect the strikes to have any impact on ongoing business. Preparations for Black Friday week began "months ago," the company said.

The environmental organization Greenpeace, in turn, accused the company of contributing to excessive consumption, packaging waste and wasting resources with the annual discount battle at the end of November. A good two dozen demonstrators mounted a banner several meters tall with the inscription “Black Friday: Destruction of nature as a business model” at the German Amazon headquarters in Munich.

Regardless of this protest action, the group has been emphasizing its measures against environmental pollution and CO2 pollution for some time. For example, Amazon wants to gradually replace diesel trucks and delivery vans with electric vehicles in freight transport.

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