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Employees at several locations are taking off work – until Christmas

The Verdi union has called strikes on Amazon. Photo: dpa / Uwe Zucchi

About 500 employees of the Internet company Amazon are on strike for better working conditions. The company rejects the allegations.

Rheinberg / Werne – Employees of the online retailer Amazon have stopped working at several locations. In Bad Hersfeld, Hesse, employees stopped their work from early Monday morning. A spokeswoman for the Verdi union expected around 500 people to be involved. In Rheinberg and Werne in North Rhine-Westphalia, the strike began shortly before midnight on Sunday evening, said a Verdi spokesman. He reckons with around 500 participants in Rheinberg and 300 participants in Werne.

According to Amazon, there are no effects

Verdi had called for strikes at various locations. The aim is the recognition of the collective agreements for the retail and mail order business as well as the conclusion of a collective agreement for good and healthy work. The strike should last up to and including Christmas Eve.

Read here: Amazon rejects allegations from Verdi

Amazon announced on Monday that its employees were already benefiting from “excellent wages, excellent additional benefits and excellent career opportunities”. Their health and well-being are the top priority. The campaigns have no effect on customer deliveries, the vast majority of employees work normally.


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