Union ratchets up pressure on Amazon Germany

AP News
Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:54 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Union members at online retailer Amazon's German operations have begun a two-day strike to ratchet up pressure on the company over pay demands.

The ver.di union says workers at Amazon's distribution centers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld began the strike Monday following three earlier one-day strikes since May.

The union says Amazon's roughly 5,300 workers at the sites receive lower wages than their peers in the online retail industry.

Amazon says workers are performing mainly logistical work and should therefore receive pay levels appropriate for that industry.