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Employees of Amazon in Germany and Italy were on strike on retailer Friday

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One of the world’s leading internet retailers Amazon has passed the Black Friday retail sales campaign popular in the West with a headache as several hundred of its workers in Germany and Italy chose the day for a strike.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Friday, November 24, over 500 employees are carrying out their first ever strike at Amazon’s warehouse in Piacenza near Milan where 4 000 people are employed over salary and calling for shifts which are «not exhausting», according to Italy’s CGIL union.

Meanwhile, the Verdi trade union in Germany stated people were also striking at six warehouses in Germany over pay and working conditions and the trade union’s board member Stefanie Nutzberger, commented that workers faced “high pressure to create more and more in less time, permanent performance controls and monitoring, [and] a poor leadership culture”.

However, the U.S. company commented: «The vast majority of our employees in Italy and Germany came to work and remained focused on delivering the best customer experience. (..) We are proud of our record of job creation and are confident we will deliver for our customers this holiday season.»

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