By Cecilia Butini Inc. workers in Germany began a strike on Monday to coincide with the e-commerce company's Prime Day, requesting a collective agreement and wage increase, trade union Verdi said.

The union said workers are currently striking at seven fulfillment centers in the country and the strike is set to continue until Wednesday. The workers are asking for a 4.5% wage increase, up from a 2.5% increase that Amazon recently announced, as well as an additional 45-euro ($53.39) monthly payment.

The union has asked Amazon to sign up for the collective agreement for the retail and e-commerce businesses, which the company isn't a part of.

A spokesman for Amazon in Germany said the company's recent decision to raise entry-level wages represents a 2.5% increase at some sites but a bigger increase at others, even bigger than the 4.5% which the union is requesting.

The company added that the promised increase is in addition to a comprehensive benefits package including additional remuneration for overtime, disability insurance as well as contributions to the company pension scheme.


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June 21, 2021 11:13 ET (15:13 GMT)

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