Employees at Amazon’s main distribution hub located in Italy and Germany will hold their first strike on Black Friday in a bid to win higher pay from the retail giant, according to trade unions.
At least 500 employees in Italy and Germany will spend their day at home on Thanksgiving in a bid to win concessions from Amazon.
According to Reuters, workers have also decided not to render any overtime until Dec.31. This may create a huge impact on Amazon as this will cover the peak season for the company.
Amazon currently employs at least 1,600 people on a permanent basis in their distribution hub located at Piacenza, the first establishment that it build the Italy after launching its local website in 2010.
Workers located at six Amazon distribution centers in Germany are also planning to hold a strike as part of the employees’ long-running pay issue.
According to The Local Italy, trade unions are demanding pay raises to match the company’s growth in Italy. They also complain that workers find themselves forced to do overtime, to work on night shifts or even six days without any breaks just to keep up with the demands.
“Amazon employees’ wages are the highest in the logistics industry and include benefits such as discounts on Amazon purchases, private health insurance, and private medical care,” Amazon responded in a statement.
What the strike would do to Amazon’s Sales
The eCommerce industry is steadily gaining its reputation in Italy where online sales account for 10% of the overall retail sales. Losing such manpower on a critical day would affect the company’s sales growth in their busiest sales period.
Although Italy is a smaller market compared to Germany, the UK or France, Amazon recently announced significant investment ventures in the country including constructing another warehouse near Rome.
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