Workers at two German Amazon locations have walked out in support of higher wages and to press their right to collective bargaining. The all-day stoppage is set to disrupt services in Amazon's second biggest market.
Workers at Amazon's two main logistical centers in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig downed tools on Tuesday, the white-collar labor union ver.di said, but didn't give a specific number about how many of the about 5,300 staff working at the two sites participated in the strike.
However, ver.di was very satisfied with the turnout, said Heiner Reimann, the head of the labor union's Hesse regional branch.
Amazon claimed its workers were doing primarily logistics work such as packaging and mailing, and added that Amazon was paying wages which were on the upper end of those paid in the sector.
Germany is the second-biggest market of the US-based online retail firm after the United States and just ahead of Japan and the United Kingdom. Sales in Germany reached 6.7 billion euros ($8.7 billion) last year.
In February, Amazon was publicly criticized for maltreating seasonal workers from Eastern Europe who had worked temporarily at the firm's Bad Hersfeld distribution center.
uhe/dr (dpa, AFP, Reuters)