Just a week before Christmas, and what many consider to be the busiest shopping season of the year, Amazon.com workers in Germany have gone on strike, demanding better working conditions and higher pay. To show how serious they are, representatives for the workers have made their way to Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle to take the strike to the company’s home turf.
Heiner Reimann, a spokesman for the German Amazon workers union Verdi, told Bloomberg that Amazon “is trying to completely ignore us… Today we’re showing that we’re not isolated, that support is growing and that we’re working to stay on the company’s agenda.” Various U.S. unions have decided to throw in their support of the German strike by sending their own representatives to join Verdi at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle.
Despite the strike occurring during the last-minute Christmas shopping period, Amazon is reassuring German customers that they will still get their orders in time for the holiday. Anette Nachbar, a spokeswoman for Amazon in Munich, stated that most German workers are continuing to work during the strike and the company’s “entire European logistics network” is more than capable of taking on the extra load to prevent any delays.