ARCHIV - 29.11.2019, Sachsen, Leipzig: Eine Fahne der Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft Verdi weht an einem Zaun des Logistik-Zentrums des Internet-Versandhändlers Amazon. Die Gewerkschaft Verdi hat Beschäftigte von Amazon an mehreren Standorten zum Streik aufgerufen. (Zu dpa «Verdi ruft Amazon-Beschäftigte zum Streik auf») Foto: Sebastian Willnow/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The Verdi union has called on Amazon employees at several locations to go on strike. According to Verdi, the walkout should begin on Monday night (July 11). Verdi did not name a planned end to the campaign. The union is demanding that Amazon recognize the collective bargaining agreement for the retail and mail order business and conclude a collective bargaining agreement. Amazon does not expect the walkouts to affect customers, the company said.

The strike call applies to a total of seven distribution centers in Graben near Augsburg, Leipzig, Koblenz, Rheinberg, Werne and at two locations in Bad Hersfeld. According to Verdi, it is also planning campaigns at other locations.

According to the union, the reason for the strike is Amazon’s “Prime Day” discount campaign, which begins on Tuesday (July 12). In its statement, the company pointed out that all employees at Amazon earn at least 12 euros per hour, in autumn the minimum wage is to rise to 12.50 euros per hour. After 24 months, the average salary of Amazon employees is around 2750 euros gross per month.

In fact, Amazon has anticipated the minimum wage increase to 12 euros per hour, it was also said by Verdi. However, by forgoing special payments such as Christmas and holiday bonuses and longer working hours, the actual income of employees often remained below that of colleagues in comparable companies.