Amazon warehouse workers went on strike in Germany after employees of several logistics centers tested positive for coronavirus.
Strikes take place at six e-commerce giant warehouses nationwide on Monday and Tuesday.
German Verdi said Sunday that Amazon is endangering the lives of warehouse workers.
“The Amazon has still not shown its understanding and is endangering the health of employees in favor of corporate profit,” said Orhan Akman, responsible for the retail and mail order business at Verdi.
Amazon denies that it endangers the lives of workers.
The union said a recent outbreak in a warehouse in Bad Hersfeld has infected at least 30 to 40 Amazon employees.
Strikes are held at Amazon warehouses in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Reinberg, Wern and Koblenz.
Similar strikes took place in the United States, where Amazon suppressed hard and laid-off workers.
Last month, Amazon Vice President Tim Bray left “in turmoil” due to tough measures on the part of the company. IN blog postAmazon Web Services engineer said the dismissal of protesters was evidence of a “vein of toxicity permeating the company’s culture.”
Amazon is accused of a slower response to coronavirus than Chinese rivals Alibaba and JD.com.
More than 50 Amazonian “execution centers” around the world have seen cases of coronavirus, and some have called warehouses a “hotbed of coronavirus.” At least eight Amazon warehouse workers died as a result of a coronavirus.
Amazon says it has made every effort to protect workers from the virus. In warehouses, temperature checks, spraying of disinfectants, “enhanced” cleaning and social distance were introduced, and workers wear protective masks. But the virus is still spreading in some stores.
“The facts are this: by the end of June, we will invest about $ 4 billion worldwide in COVID-related initiatives to deliver products to customers and ensure employee safety,” Amazon spokesman told CNBC.
“In Germany alone, we ordered 470 million units of hand sanitizer, 21 million pairs of gloves, 19 million units of face masks, face shields and other nasal mouths, 39 million units of disinfectant wipes. Health authorities and government officials confirm that we have the right measures to protect employees and clients. “