Amazon workers in Germany will strike over COVID-19 infections

Marco Green
June 29, 2020

Local worker representatives estimated that up to 450 employees joined the strike at an Amazon logistics centre in the western town of Rheinberg.

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 USA retail huge just after staff examined constructive for COVID-19.

"We have information that at minimum 30 to 40 colleagues were being contaminated", said Verdi agent Orhan Akman.

Amazon shares a long history of troubles with the unions of Germany. Major concerns are better salary and good conditions for logistics workers.

Opposition Greens party co-leader Annalena Baerbock backed the strike, calling for "fair wages, dignified working conditions and above all a collective bargaining agreement" at Amazon.

Walkouts were also planned to last into Tuesday in Werne, Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld and Koblenz, some accompanied by protests.

Amazon turned down the accusations in a statement and stated that as of June it experienced invested $4 billion on measures to guard its world workforce and purchasers from the threat of COVID-19 bacterial infections.

Amazon faced regulatory scrutiny in the United States after it fired a worker at its Staten Island warehouse, which organized protests against the alleged lack of safety measures taken to protect the workers from the coronavirus.

Germany is the second-largest market for Amazon after the U.S.

In Germany, Amazon has bought 21 million pairs of gloves and 19 million face masks, he added, but declined to comment on the number of staff infected with coronavirus in its warehouses.

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