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German union calls on Amazon workers to strike

On 'Black Friday'

24 November, 13:31

(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, NOV 24 - Union Verdi called on workers at online retail giant Amazon in Germany to go on strike on the annual "Black Friday" shopping extravaganza, in their battle for better working conditions. The industrial action began in the night to Friday, and affects five out of Amazon's 20 logistic sites in Germany including Leipzig, Rheinberg, and Dortmund.
    Amazon in a statement shrugged off the impact on the strike during the busy shopping season. "Clients can count on reliable and punctual deliveries as usual," it said, adding that workers already benefit from "fair wage and good additional benefits".
    Starting wages are at 14 euros ($15.30) and up per hour, the company said, above Germany's minimum wage of 12 euros. It added that more than half of its employees have been working for the group for more than five years. (ANSA-AFP).

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