Amazon's warehouse workers strike in Germany and Italy

From Engadget - November 24, 2017

The German union Verdi claims that Amazon "permanently endangers" workers by pressuring them to do more and more in a shorter time span, with constant performance monitoring, a "poor leadership culture" and short recovery times between working stints.In short: even if pay was not an issue, the risk of burnout would be.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Amazon did not say if it was negotiating with unions but did downplay the significance of the strikes.The "vast majority" of German and Italian employees came to work, Amazon said.It also pointed to its "record of job creation" and was "confident" it would fulfill customer demand during the holidays.When speaking to Reuters, Amazon added that its salaries were some of the highest in the logistics field and included perks like private medical insurance and money for training programs.


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