Hundreds of workers walked out at Amazon sites across Germany Monday to press for a binding pay and conditions agreement and highlight coronavirus risks, but the company has so far brushed off their demands.
Verdi said on Sunday that the strike would past at the very least 48 hours, under the motto "Good and healthy work", to denounce what it referred to as a absence of transparency by the United States retail huge just after staff examined constructive for COVID-19.
Amazon shares a long history of troubles with the unions of Germany.
The protest organized under the slogan "good and healthy work" by labor union Verdi will go on for 48 hours, according to DW.
The company has drawn global criticism for its decision not to disclose official COVID-19 infection rates among workers, but a representative for Berlin-based labor union Verdi (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft or German United Services Trade Union) says they're aware of "at least 30 to 40" workers in the Bad Hersfeld factory in Central Germany who have been infected with the virus.
Walkouts were also planned to last into Tuesday in Werne, Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld and Koblenz, some accompanied by protests. Therefore, Amazon has been facing strikes in Germany since 2013. It mentioned Amazon was placing profit in advance of the security of its workers.
Amazon rejected the accusations in a assertion and stated that as of June it experienced invested $4 billion on measures to secure its world-wide workforce and consumers from the threat of COVID-19 infections. "The fact that more than 8,000 of our over 13,000 permanent associates in Germany are with us for more than five years proves that we are a fair employer", a spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.