Employees at Amazon’s warehouses in Germany and Spain took advantage of Crazy Friday, a day when sales explode, to hold a day of strikes.
In Spain, the union of employees at Amazon’s largest warehouse, San Fernando de Henares, has asked its members to hold a two-day strike on Friday and Saturday.
The union and management of Amazon Spain do not agree on the extent of the mobilization. Union members argue that the distribution center is “down” while management says “the majority of morning employees were working and processing orders”.
“The trucks do not come in and out,” said a spokeswoman for the trade union confederation Workers’ Commissions, Ana Berceruelo. “This conflict started because the company unilaterally imposed working conditions on workers” by removing rights, Berceruelo said.
“Previously, when a worker was sick, he was paid 100% [of his salary] during the first stop, now the company does not pay the supplement for the first three days,” she said.
Opened in 2012, the San Fernando de Henares distribution center employs around 2,000 employees and prepares shipments for Spain and Europe, according to the union.
In Germany, Amazon reported 620 strikers at its Bad Hersfeld and Rheinberg sites. The company states, however, that the majority of its employees went to work and that the strike had no impact on the processing of orders.
The union, which called on its members to hold a 24-hour strike, calls for better wages and better working conditions.
The German division of Amazon ensures that it offers a competitive salary and several benefits upon hiring. The salary for hiring at Amazon Germany is 10.78 euros per hour.
Amazon complies with Australian laws
On the eve of crazy Friday, the online trading giant has also decided to lift the blockade on its international sites that it applied to Australian consumers. Amazon will comply with Australian tax legislation to allow Australian consumers to shop at its international locations.
Last May, Amazon blocked access to its international sites to Australian consumers to circumvent a new Australian government law. Since July 1st, the tax legislation of the country required online retailers to charge a 10% tax on goods and services (GST) on all products purchased abroad.
Rather than abide by Australian legislation, the US giant had decided to block access to its international sites to consumers in this country. The decision, however, sparked discontent among Australian customers who complained about the limited availability of Amazon Australia sites compared to international sites.
“[As a result] [comments] from consumers, Amazon’s customers will be able to ship items from Amazon.com as of November 22,” an Amazon official told the national channel. Australian ABC.
Although Amazon’s decision comes on the eve of Crazy Friday, which launches the holiday shopping period in the United States, online shopping accounts for only a small proportion of sales in Australia. Retail trade generates A $ 288 billion a year in Australia.