Amazon staff in Germany resumes strike

Amazon workers wave flags outside one of the German operations of the internet retailer in Leipzig, June 3, 2013.

Several hundred workers at the German operations of global internet retailer have launched a third daylong strike over pay and benefits.

Service-sector union Verdi said on Monday that some 600 workers walked off the job at the retailerâ„¢s facility in Bad Hersfeld and another 300 at the center in Leipzig.

Verdi said the strikes are beginning to affect Amazonâ„¢s delivery times, but it was not confident that the third strike would bring management to the negotiating table.

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

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.

The Monday strike followed one-day work stoppages on May 14 and 27.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV