Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) employees are on a two-day strike beginning today till Tuesday evening. The employees, through their Verdi union, are saying that they are being paid lower wages compared to other employees in similar positions in other warehouses.
The affected logistics centers are Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Rheinberg and Graben. The employees in these centers have staged protests and have promised more action to put pressure on the American e-commerce website giant to accept collective wage agreement.
“We will, however, not accept that the company arbitrarily dictates salaries. Only a collective wage agreement guarantees workers salaries and working conditions that secure their livelihood,”
If no immediate compromise is reached, the strikes could affect the activities of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) in Germany ahead of Christmas season, which is a high season for the e-commerce giant. Moreover, Germany is the second largest market for Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), coming after the U.S. There are 9,000 Amazon.com, Inc. employees in Germany who are located in 9 different centers throughout the country.
According to Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), however, the employees are logistical workers and their current pay is top their class. The company nevertheless accepted to award all employees Christmas bonuses, but Verdi still insists that the move doesn’t sufficiently address their demands.
Verdi accused Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) of implementing its own pay policies as opposed to what is spelt out in the German retail wage agreement. According to Verdi, the amount that the online retailer is currently paying the employees is less with several hundreds of Euros every month.
This development comes at a point when Amazon is working tooth and nail to strengthen its grip on the market to counter the exponential growth that Alibaba is experiencing.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.