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Verdi-call : trade Union calls for a Christmas strike at Amazon

in the Middle of the Christmas business has called on the trade Union Verdi, once again, to strike at the shipping retailer Amazon. At its sites in Leipzig and Werne Employees laid down for the start of the week in the morning shift work. "There is a danger that Christmas gifts do not arrive on time," said a spokesman of Verdi, the German press Agency on Monday night. Amazon disagreed. The trade Union struggles since the 2013 unsuccessfully for a collective agreement for the approximately 16,000 employees of the U.S. retailer in Germany.

Verdi called on Amazon employee of the shipping trade in the centre of Sachsen in Leipzig to go on strike until Christmas eve. At the location in Werne in North Rhine-Westphalia, you should strike first, until Tuesday evening. The walkout, however, could be soon extended to more sites and a longer period of time, a spokesman said. The Union had called workers at the site in Rheinberg, near Duisburg, Germany, as early as last week to work the fight.

Video 17.12.2018, 13:03 Uhr00:28 Min.Verdi gets in the Christmas business to strikes at Amazon

Amazon said that the strikes in Leipzig and Werne on Monday Morning, less than 350 employees have participated. Ensure that gifts may not arrive in time for Christmas, were unfounded. It was well prepared. "The strike has no influence on the compliance of our promise", it said. The "overwhelming majority" of employees work normal.

Union wants to work conditions, collective agreements and rules

With the strike to regulate Verdi, the requirement under stress, working conditions in the collective agreement. The labor Union calls on Amazon for more than five years, to engage in collective bargaining similar to the single - and shipping trade. The US group rejects this. Amazon sees itself as a logistics company, and refers to the fact that the payment in the eleven German dispatch centres lying at the upper end of what is in the logistics industry.

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Amazon offer the employees in the shipping centres of Overtime pay, bonuses, with the corresponding performance, training, and employee shares. The workers in this country, a rose with a wage of at least 10,78 euros gross per hour and would receive after two years an average of almost 2400 euros per month, including additional services such as bonuses. (dpa)

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