German trade union Verdi has urged Amazon workers to go on a 48-hour-long strike that starts today (29 June).
The strike was called after some of the Amazon workers tested positive for coronavirus.
Verdi, which has sought a collective bargaining deal for Amazon workers in Germany, said that it was highly worried over the retailer’s non-transparency regarding safety of the workers.
Reportedly, around 30 to 40 workers were affected at retailer’s distribution centres in Bad Hersfeld in Central Germany.
The 2-day strike will commence under the motto “good and healthy work’.
Besides Hersfeld, where the workers were affected, strikes will take place at Rheinberg, Leipzig, Koblenz and Werne as well.
Verdi and some other trade unions in the country have been constantly at loggerheads with Amazon for some time now especially over better wage and safety issues, and therefore has been seeking collective bargaining deal for latter’s workers.
Meanwhile, Amazon has refused the allegations and said that in June, it invested US $ 4 billion to initiate measures to protect its workers from the ill-effects of the pandemic.
Amazon is one of the big 4 technology companies in the world along with Google, Apple and Microsoft and generates revenue of US $ 280.522 billion.