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First Germany, now France defies Amazon over pay

Barbed wire in front of the Amazon logistics centre in Graben, Germany
Barbed wire in front of the Amazon logistics centre in Graben, Germany Reuters/Michaela Rehle

French trade unions have called on Amazon workers to go on strike on Monday, less than four days to go before Christmas. Strike action could seriously impact deliveries of last minute presents. France has seen a surge in orders because of strikes in neighbouring Germany.


From Monday, workers at four warehouse sites throughout France could down their tools just days before Christmas, when Amazon is at its busiest time.

Amazon claims that this strike won't affect their business.

Sebastien Boisonnet, a CGT delegate who called the strike, says industrial action will have a major impact on the US company's deliveries and will damage Amazon's reputation that one click online will send a package to your door.

Amazon strikers in Germany went on strike last week which caused the brand to send more of its orders to France to fill. 

Boisonnet says that the strike is not to upset customers or to block the trucks delivering Christmas parcels, but for Amazon to pay attention to worker claims.

CGT is calling on Amazon to open negotiations on work conditions and salaries.

40% of Amazon's staff are members of the CGT union, the first union to organize workers in the company. But there are fewer card-carrying union members in Northern France.


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