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Amazon workers strike in Germany

September 19, 2013

BERLIN (AP) — Workers at two Amazon.com Inc. distribution centers in Germany have walked off the job in an ongoing dispute over wages with the American online retailer.

The ver.di union said Thursday a combined 600 workers stayed off the job at Amazon centers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld. The short-term strikes are to last for three days.

The union is pushing Amazon to adopt wage agreements similar to those governing retail and mail-order workers.

Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers, and employees are already paid on the upper end of what workers in that industry earn. It has already agreed to pay Christmas bonuses but ver.di says that is not enough.

Ver.di represents some 2,000 workers in Leipzig and 3,300 employees at Amazon’s Bad Hersfeld center.

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