Amazon workers in Germany hold new walkout

KONFRONTASI-Workers at German sites of online retail giant Amazon have staged a strike during the busy Christmas period to press their demands for better pay.

Some 2,300 employees participated in the work stoppage that began at five of the company's nine distribution centers in Germany on Monday, labor union Verdi said in a statement.

The walkout is slated to run until the end of Wednesday's late shift, the statement added.

"The employees are increasing the pressure on Amazon," Verdi executive member Stefanie Nutzenberger said.

Verdi and Amazon are at odds over the company’s refusal to pay its nearly 9,000 workers in Germany as much as workers in the mail order and retail industry are paid in the country.

Amazon asserts that its distribution centers in Germany are logistics centers, saying it abides by the rates paid by the German transport industry at logistics sites. Wages in the logistics sector in Germany are lower than in the distribution sector.

The union acknowledged in November that Amazon initiated a payment of €400 to €600 ($542 to $813). But Verdi stressed the payment was less than half of what employees expected.[mr/presstv]