Amazon staff stage strikes in Germany on big sale day | 10/27/2014 | Staff
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Amazon employees went on strike at seven locations in Germany on Monday, demanding better wages as the US online retail giant launched its two-day global shopping discount extravaganza called Prime Day.

Workers in Germany walked out early Monday, with Orhan Akman, a spokesman for labour union Verdi, telling AFP: "Well over 2,000 took part, that is more than we expected."

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"We are satisfied that we have succeeded in putting the subject back in the spotlight and our message is that we won't give in."

Akman said the strikes would continue on Tuesday and criticised the US giant.

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"Amazon offers these discounts to customers at the expense of its own employees' salaries and by fleeing collective bargaining," he added.

Amazon had insisted in advance that Monday's strike would not affect deliveries to customers.

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On Monday, Amazon employees at the two distribution centres in Bad Hersfeld, as well as sites in Werne, Rheinberg, Leipzig, Graben and Koblenz, went on strike under the motto: "No more discounts on our incomes".

The strike action coincided with Amazon's announcement on Monday that it would create another 1,000 jobs in Poland as it opens a new logistics depot in the country's southwest near the German and Czech borders.

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The company said it would offer new employees in Poland "a competitive salary of 20 zloty (4.68 euro, $5.82) per...
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