Amazon faces strikes in Germany on busy Prime Day

  • Amazon workers in Germany chose to strike on Amazon Prime Day, which is usually one of busiest days of the year for the company.
  • Strikes are set to take place in the German cities of Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz.
  • Ver.di, the union behind the strikes, think Amazon workers deserve better pay, working conditions and more respect.



a man riding on the back of a truck: Amazon vans line up at a distribution center to pick up packages for delivery on Amazon Prime Day, July 16, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.


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Amazon vans line up at a distribution center to pick up packages for delivery on Amazon Prime Day, July 16, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.

LONDON — Amazon workers are striking in Germany on Prime Day, which is usually one of busiest days of the year for the e-commerce giant.

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Warehouse workers in the German cities of Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz are due to take part in the strike, which is being organized by German labor union ver.di.

A spokesperson for Amazon told CNBC that customers will still get their orders on time and that the strikes will have no impact on Amazon’s delivery promise.

The strike, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, is happening because the union and its members think Amazon workers deserve better pay, working conditions and more respect.

While the exact number of protesters is unknown, ver.di Union Secretary Andre Scheer said he thinks thousands of staff will take part.

Many Amazon customers wait until Prime Day arrives before ordering products they want from the platform. With discounts available across the board, it’s an opportunity to grab a bargain. As buyers rush to Amazon to make purchases, the company’s warehouses are more busy than usual.

“Today our teams, are doing what they do every day — delivering for their customers in an environment that’s fun, engaging and set-up to help them succeed,” an Amazon spokesperson said. “The