Support for Amazon employees in Germany taking strike action
17 December 2013
The NUJ extends support and solidarity to Amazon employees in Germany who are taking strike action in a long-running pay dispute.
The Verdi union said workers were on strike at Amazon's logistic centres in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig and also in Graben.
Donnacha DeLong, NEC member for new media, said:
"I would like to send solidarity from the NUJ and, in particular, our members working online to the Amazon workers on strike in Germany.
"Amazon has long been notoriously anti-union and the actions in Germany are an inspiration to many badly treated employees of web-based companies.
"Amazon employees in the UK and Ireland who wish to improve their pay and conditions should contact a union. The NUJ represents people creating or editing content - text, images, audio and video - on websites, including Amazon. I urge anyone doing this kind of work for Amazon in the UK and Ireland to contact the NUJ."
In 2001, Amazon employed an anti-union management consultancy organisation, The Burke Group, to fight a failed attempt by the GPMU (now part of Unite) to gain recognition for workers in their Milton Keynes distribution depot.
GMB, the union for workers in Amazon's warehouses, said last month that trade union organization in Amazon has been driven underground and has to operate like the French Resistance.