Amazon Increases Minimum Pay In Germany
Amazon will guarantee an entry-level wage at its German warehouses of €12 an hour, the company has said in the face of a long-running battle with a top labour union.
Germany is Amazon's biggest market after the United States, and the Verdi union has been organising strikes at Amazon in the country since 2013 to protest low pay and poor conditions.
The pay increase is effective from July and compares with entry-level pay as low as €11.30 per hour for some locations, though pay exceeded €12 in other locations.
Amazon's wages exceed Germany's current minimum wage of €9.50 per hour. But workers have regularly gone on strike, such as last year to coincide with the $1.6 trillion company's global 'Prime Day' promotion event. They were disgruntled that a coronavirus bonus had been scrapped.
Last month, trade union Ver.di called on Amazon workers in Germany to strike at seven distribution centres over the online giant's reported refusal to enter into collective bargaining talks.
'Earning A Pretty Penny'
A Ver.di official said that the increase was the least that the company could do after 'earning a pretty penny in recent months' and that pay still fell short of its demands for many employees.
Amazon - which saw net profit rise to $8.1 billion in the first quarter, more than tripling from $2.5 billion the year earlier - has faced similar criticism over conditions and pay throughout the globe.
A spokesperson for Amazon in Germany said all employees would be getting a raise, and Amazon said in a statement that further increases were scheduled for the future.