A number of sites are relaying a news by Reuters:
Workers at Amazon.com’s German operations could strike during the Christmas holiday season in a dispute over pay that has been raging for months, a trade union has warned.
“If I were Amazon I would not rely on being able to make all deliveries to customers on time before Christmas,” Heiner Reimann of services trade union Verdi was quoted as saying by German weekly Der Spiegel on Sunday.
Amazon has maintained that it regards staff at its centers in the cities of Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig as logistics workers and that they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry.
“Job descriptions for staff are typical of the logistics industry such as the storage, packaging and dispatch of goods,” said a spokeswoman for Amazon Germany.
I tried to find out what is a typical pay for an employee working for Amazon Deutschland — and I couldn’t find anything. VER.DI doesn’t say.
They might be stupid not to make public those numbers. I don’t know “the standards of that industry”, but there are fat chances that the pay is lower than the minimum wage rates required by law in many of the countries that surround Germany…
For the UK, FT Magazine said, in February:
Before they can go home at the end of their eight-hour shift, or go to the canteen for their 30-minute break, they must walk through a set of airport-style security scanners to prove they are not stealing anything. They also walk past a life-sized cardboard image of a cheery blonde woman in an orange vest. “This is the best job I have ever had!” says a speech bubble near her head.
“The feedback we’re getting is it’s like being in a slave camp,” said Brian Garner, the dapper chairman of the Lea Hall Miners Welfare Centre and Social Club, still a popular drinking spot.
One of the first complaints to spread through the town was that employees were getting blisters from the safety boots some were given to wear, which workers said were either too cheap or the wrong sizes. One former shop-floor manager, who did not want to be named, said he always told new workers to smear their bare feet with Vaseline. “Then put your socks on and your boots on, because I know for a fact these boots are going to rub and cause blisters and sores.”
As for the pay…
In the most basic roles they perform the same tasks as each other for the same pay of £6.20 an hour or so (the minimum adult wage is £6.19), but the Amazon workers also receive a pension and shares.
Does the German branch pay its people with 7.34 € or more per hour?