GERMANY - Amazon Workers on Strike

Arno Froese

Workers at four Amazon logistic centers in Germany went on strike, the latest action in a long-running campaign for better pay and conditions.

An Amazon spokeswoman said the company saw very limited participation in the strike across Germany, adding there was no operational impact so customer deliveries would not be delayed.

Verdi has organized frequent strikes at Amazon in Germany since 2013 to press demands for the retailer to raise pay for warehouse workers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements in Germany’s mail order and retail industry.

Amazon has repeatedly rejected Verdi’s demands and the spokeswoman said the company is a fair and responsible employer without a collective agreement, with wages at the upper end of what is paid in comparable jobs.

Amazon runs 12 fulfillment centers in Germany, its second-biggest market after the United States.

“The employees are not giving up,” Verdi board member Stefanie Nutzenberger said in a statement. “They want to put an end to the arbitrariness of a company that puts pressure on its employees with stressful work and controls.”, 15 April 2019

Arno's commentary

This is old news; Easter has passed. But the standoff between Amazon and its workers has not. If Wal-Mart, having failed in Germany, is a sign, then Amazon will have to comply with the very powerful workers’ rights laws in Germany. Based on the Open Economies Review, the mean gross hourly wage in services is listed at $22.09 for Germany, with fringe benefits such as six weeks of vacation, four weeks of sick pay, and full medical insurance. The workers are well-off, one would assume.

But as one reads, hears, and sees media reports in Europe, strike for more compensation is almost a daily routine. Europe claims to be the world’s most prosperous, secure, and peaceful continent on earth, yet that apparently does not satisfy its citizens. They want more and more and more if possible. Thus, the question, will mankind ever be satisfied? The answer is no. Here is what Ecclesiastes 5:10 has to say about money (silver): “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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