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Thursday, April 17, 2014

In Germany, Amazon Warehouse Workers Are Striking Today

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

It's disgraceful that we have to look to Europe to defend basic workers' rights, but that's the America we live in, I guess:

German labour union Verdi has called on workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany to go on strike on Thursday as a long-running pay dispute continues.

"Amazon is refusing talks about a wage agreement," Verdi negotiator Joerg Lauenroth-Mago said in a statement, saying workers at distribution centres in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld were to walk off the job starting with the morning shift.

Good luck to those workers. I hope they lead the way for all the Americans who have to try to live with the unbearable bullshit that Amazon demands of its warehouse workers.

(Thanks to Slog tipper Greg.)


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In Germany, unions still command respect from their government.

In America, not so much.
Posted by Dystopia of Amazon on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM · Report this
Amazon's treatment of workers is one of the main reasons I will not buy anything through them. Anything.
Posted by Calpete on April 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 3

Minimum wage in Germany: None

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on April 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM · Report this
guerre 4
@3 Australian minimum wage:$15.30 USD.
As the supreme ruler of the universe, I'm sure you have direct and personal business with german companies. I'm sure you understand the high rates of unionism, the 7-7.5 hour work day, the comprehensive training that one can get starting in highschool(with great wages), the high taxes paid the most are okay with, the engineers who are okay with making less than their American counterparts, the paid maternity/paternity leave, the subsidized lunches, the 4-6 weeks vacation, and so on. Oh wait, that's me, with my German relatives and first hand knowledge of the country.
Posted by guerre on April 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM · Report this
Wow. Linking to that dreadful BBC crap again? Just wow.
Posted by drawn on April 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM · Report this
Why is it a disgrace to look to Europe? Europe's much older and much more progressive then America...
Posted by j2patter on April 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM · Report this
@7: I was referring to the previous slog post that was linked in the article. An academic finds working in a warehouse to be a bad experience. That article reads like parody.
Posted by drawn on April 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM · Report this
guerre 9
@5 I love it.
Posted by guerre on April 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM · Report this
JensR 10
@5 are you a tad daft?

You are aware that here in Sweden there isn't a legal minimum wage either? The reason it works is because of unions rights to negotiate and strike rights and we got that through the threat of revolution in 1917 and a powerful workers movement that formed a solid union base today.
Germany like Sweden has a strong union movement meaning that something isn't needed to be presented in law but instead by the bargaining done by the employers unions and the worker unions and while you can work for less whats considered "minimum" chances are restaurants that employ people will less will find solidarity strikes hitting their supply chains happening constantly.

Thats why Merkel is the one that's working for Minimum Wage in Germany now (she's right wing) because she wants to weaken the unions power and make minimum wage a political issue far away from union influence and as such lower it.

If on the other hand you suggest building a large and mainly militant union movement in the US that could one day replace minimum wage laws with that form of bargaining - go you! But I kinda doubt it.
Posted by JensR on April 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM · Report this

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