Amazon staff in Germany on strike

Workers picket outside Amazonâ„¢s facilities in the city of Leipzig, Germany, May 27, 2013.

Workers at the German operations of global internet retailer have gone on a second daylong strike over pay and benefits.

The German trade union Verdi said 200 workers at the Amazonâ„¢s logistics center in the city of Leipzig launched a work stoppage on Monday and others would follow when the late shift begins later in the day.

The move comes several days after Verdi staged its first daylong strike on May 14, when around 300 workers in Leipzig and 600 workers in Bad Hersfeld launched a walkout.

Verdi is calling for Amazon to pay its 9,000 employees in Germany according to a sector-wide wage deal for the retail and mail-order industries. The union is also demanding higher basic pay and better benefits for night-shift workers.

Verdi has urged Amazon to raise the minimum hourly wage for staff at the Leipzig center to 10.66 euros from the existing 9.30 euros.

For those working at the Bad Hersfeld center, the union wants the current pay of 9.83 euros to be increased to 12.18 euros.

Amazon says it is willing to continue negotiations with Verdi, but it does not see a common basis for talks at the moment.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV