Black Friday: Amazon workers around the world face calls to strike on busiest shopping day
The strike was planned for 30-plus countries around the globe, and the initiative is termed The Make Amazon Pay initiative. The union leader from Germany, Verdi, declared a work stoppage at ten warehouses. France’s unions CGT and SUD also called for strikes in eight warehouses.
Verdi, the German union lead, demanded a collective agreement on conducive working conditions. On the contrary, the French leader focused on increasing cash bonuses before Christmas, as Amazon workers or employees have to work overtime at warehouses. The motto of the union leads is to recognize the employees’ efforts and collective bargaining agreements in both the mail and retail trading sectors.
The spokesperson of Amazon Germany stated that the tech giant provides exceptional opportunities, perks, and decent pay to its workers, along with safe and attractive work culture. Among other things, the German spokesperson also focused on a wage increase in Germany from September at the Amazon logistics team. The spokesperson also disclosed the wages, which are 13.52 dollars per hour, including a bonus.
But on Friday morning, many of the German employees declared strike action. In comparison, Amazon France just disrupted operations now. The two French unions pointed out a sudden rise in the cost of living, so they are expecting a small turnout but overtime fees.The final verdict is still pending by the employer Amazon.