Disgruntled workers at the warehouses at Amazon Germany are in the early stages of planning a strike. It is set to begin in the first two weeks of December to prevent people from receiving their Kindles. The intention is to strike when the holidays are in full swing and be in better position to bargain for added pay and benefits.
The workers union is trying to convince Amazon to accept collective bargaining agreements for staff under the mail order and retail industry sector as benchmarks for warehouse workers’ pay at Amazon German distribution centers, but Amazon says the employees are making enough money and that they pay them the same as other distribution centers. The union countered and said “If I were Amazon I would not rely on being able to make all deliveries to customers on time before Christmas.”
Amazon Germany been a hotbed of worker malcontent for the last few years. Over the course of the last holiday season security guards were said to intimidate employees that were demanding better working conditions and higher wages. Since then, the security agency was fired but working conditions are less then optimal.
Hopefully a worker strike will not impede the delivery of Amazon Kindle Paperwhites or Kindle Fire HDX tablets. It is encouraged that you want to get one for the holidays, I would do it before December.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.