DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – US e-commerce group Amazon on Monday said shipments were not affected by the strike at its six sites in Germany.
The Verdi trade union has been calling on workers to go on strike since Sunday evening for four days in its latest attempt to try to force Amazon to recognize a collective bargaining agreement.
An Amazon spokesman said more than 90% of staff at German logistics locations worked as usual, adding employees enjoyed “excellent salaries, excellent additional benefits and excellent career prospects”.
Amazon has faced a long-running battle with unions in Germany, its biggest market after the United States, over better wages and conditions for logistics workers, who have been on strike since 2013.
Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; Written by Christoph Steitz; Edited by Caroline Copley
BERLIN (Reuters) – The Verdi trade union has called on workers at six Amazon sites in Germany to go on strike starting late Sunday for four days in its latest attempt to try to force US e-commerce groups to acknowledge collective bargaining agreements.
Verdi said strikes at Amazon’s site in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig and at two locations in Bad Hersfeld signaled “unofficial beginnings” for talks for the retail and mail order industries, which will begin in the next few weeks.
“Amazon has succeeded in overcoming the coronavirus crisis. For this reason alone, wage embezzlement must stop there, ”said Verdi’s representative, Orhan Akman.
Verdi is demanding a 4.5% salary increase for workers in the retail and mail order industry.
“This should also be possible on Amazon this year,” said Akman.
Amazon has faced a long-running battle with unions in Germany over better wages and conditions for logistics workers, who have been on strike since 2013.
Germany is Amazon’s largest market after the United States.
Amazon says it offers an excellent salary and benefits. It said during the previous strike, more than 90% of the employees at the logistics center were working as usual.
Reporting by Caroline Copley; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise
ROME (Reuters) – Amazon workers in Italy will go on a 24-hour strike on March 22 after negotiations with the US online giant over congested working conditions, the union said on Thursday.
The world’s largest online retailer employs 8,500 people in Italy and this will be the first strike by the Italian workforce as a whole.
National unions Filt Cgil, Fit Cisl and Uiltrasporti e Assoespressi said talks over contracts for Amazon staff in Italy “came to a sudden halt because of the company’s reluctance to positively address the issues raised”.
The union has asked the company to revise several aspects of staff contracts, including workload, shifts, contract terms, lunch vouchers, yield-related bonuses and travel payments. He also asked that the driver’s working hours be cut.
“Amazon is demonstrating, with unacceptable behavior, that it is chronically unavailable to confront workers’ representation, which goes against the rules of national contracts and against the justice system,” said a union statement.
Amazon said the union’s claim was “false” and that the company had met with the union twice in January, a company spokesman said in an emailed statement.
He added that given that logistics staff include several delivery service providers, they are believed to have to speak directly to them as well as with the trade unions that represent them.
The strike will affect all Amazon workers in supply chains, hubs and delivery operations in Italy.
US companies have invested 5.8 billion euros ($ 6.94 billion) in Italy since starting operations there 10 years ago. In January they announced they would open two logistics centers with an additional investment of € 230 million.
Last year, about a third of the staff working at Amazon’s delivery station in Italy went on strike over a request to increase safety measures for workers amid a health emergency due to the coronavirus.
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Reporting by Elvira Pollina in Milan and Francesca Piscioneri Roma, editing by Giulia Segreti and Susan Fenton
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian retailer Lojas Americanas SA and B2W e-commerce firm Cia Digital SA are considering merging their operations, the companies said in separate securities filings on Friday.
Lojas Americanas already controls B2W with a 62.5% stake, but has a smaller market cap, 41.6 billion reais at Friday’s market close, while B2W closes at 46.6 billion reais ($ 8.66 billion).
The two companies have for months announced steps to create so-called omnichannel experiences, which allow customers to take advantage of the B2W e-commerce platform and Lojas Americanas’ physical presence simultaneously.
Together, the companies have 1,700 physical stores in 750 cities in Brazil, as well as an online marketplace with more than 87,000 vendors. The companies say that a combined operation can create a strong advertising operation.
A committee will be appointed to study the specifics of the combination and give options to the boards of the two companies, the filing said.
The company did not say when the study would be completed.
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Reporting by Gram Slattery in Rio de Janeiro and Aluísio Alves in Sao Paulo; Edited by Chris Reese and Cynthia Osterman
RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian retailer Lojas Americanas SA and B2W e-commerce firm Cia Digital SA are considering merging their operations, the companies said in separate securities filings on Friday.
Lojas Americanas already controls B2W with 62.5% shares. In the filing, the company said a potential merger was being considered due to changes in consumer behavior.
A committee will be appointed to study the specifics of the combination and give options to the boards of the two companies, the filing said. (Reporting by Gram Slattery in Rio de Janeiro, Editing by Chris Reese)