Amazon employees are called to strike this Friday, November 25, in thirty countries, including the United States, Germany and France, on the occasion of “Black Friday”, which constitutes one of the activity peaks of the e-commerce giant.
The collective Make Amazon Pay, at the basis of this call, in particular, claims that the American group pays its employees fairly and refrains from tax optimization. “This is the first time Amazon has faced calls for an international strike”said Monika Di Silvestre, representative of the Verdi union at Amazon. “It’s very important, because you can’t just antagonize a big multinational like Amazon on a local, regional or national level”she added.
Verdi announced that work stoppages were planned at ten of the group’s logistics centers in Germany, to demand the application of collective distribution and mail-order agreements, as well as the conclusion of additional agreements to improve working conditions.
The group announced on Friday that the vast majority of its employees in Germany were operating normally, with only nine of the country’s 20 logistics centers affected by the move.
“As an employer, Amazon offers excellent salaries, fringe benefits and development opportunities in an attractive and safe working environment”, a spokesman for the company in Germany assured. According to a local representative of the group, no disruption of activity has been observed in France at this stage in the eight Amazon distribution centers in the country.