Amazon workers in Germany extend strike

Amazon workers in Germany extend strike

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 24, 2014 at 4:50 a.m.


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BERLIN (AP) — Workers at Amazon.com in Germany have extended a strike in a long-running wage dispute into a third day and targeted a fifth distribution center.

The ver.di union called workers at facilities in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Graben and Rheinberg out on a two-day strike Monday. It then extended that by a day and on Wednesday added a center in the western town of Werne to the walkouts.

Amazon employs some 9,000 people in total at nine sites in Germany.

For more than a year, the union has been pushing for higher pay, arguing that Amazon workers receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs.

Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees already earn relatively high wages for that industry.

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