Amazon.com workers in Germany walked off the job Monday to demand better wages and treatment, just as the e-commerce giant heads into the thick of Christmas gift-ordering.
The Ver.di union said a round of walkouts in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld and Graben was planned in tandem with picketing outside of Amazon’s headquarters in Washington state.
A delegation of German workers is expected to rally outside the Seattle facility along with a collection of American protesters.
The online retailer, which has some 9,000 full-time workers in Germany, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Ver.di said workers are seeking collective bargaining rights, healthy working conditions and respectful treatment.
UNI Global Union, an international trade union of which Ver.di is a member, voiced its support Monday for the strikes.
“They are not alone,” said UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings in a statement.
[Updated, Dec. 16, 10:55 a.m.: Ver.di said 1,800 workers were on strike and that walkouts will continue at two warehouses over the next few days.