In six locations in Germany, Amazon staff plan to protest today, as thousands of employees in their distribution centers have suffered coronavirus infections, the union representatives told the Reuters. The syndicate says it prioritizes profits over the safety of its workers.
“At least thirty to forty fellow workers have been infected,” according to Reuters. The strike will last 48 hours and takes place under the motto “Good and healthy work”.
In previous years , Amazon staff in Germany have struck many times, due to the wages and work conditions.
Amazon factory employees in the US have been fighting about what they claim are precarious working practices in recent months and have gone off work in a variety of towns. When the employees tested for the coronavirus, workers criticized the company for not notifying workers. A lawsuit against Amazon’s corporation was brought earlier this month by a consortium of three New York factory employees claiming that they and their relatives were in risk of catching the infection.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, at least seven Amazon warehouse-workers have died in the USA.
The Amazon sites in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne and Koblenz are set for the todays strike, Reuters reports. Germany is the second largest market after the US for the e-commerce giant.