Germany went on strike on Monday, according to the Verdi services sector union, as part of a long-running dispute with the American tech giant over increasing pay and working conditions.
After the United States, Germany is Amazon's second-largest market, and Verdi, a leading services sector union, has been organizing strikes against Amazon operations in the nation since 2013 to protest low pay and bad working conditions.
Verdi said the latest strike was launched to demand a salary raise in line with agreements agreed by the union with Germany's broader retail and mail-order businesses.
Workers at three Amazon warehouses in the German states of Saxony and Hesse will go on strike on Monday, which falls on All Saints' Day, which is a public holiday in some German states, according to the union.
It would not reveal how many workers participated in Monday's strike.
Workers at four more locations will go on strike starting early Tuesday, with strikes lasting anywhere from 24 hours to three days, according to Verdi.
In a statement, Verdi spokesperson Orhan Akman said, "It is unacceptable that a multinational corporation worth billions and (which) makes money hand over fist still refuses to give employees the wage increases that other companies in the industry pay,"
Verdi wants Amazon to recognize collective bargaining agreements in the retail and mail-order industries, as well as establish an agreement with Amazon on decent working conditions.
Amazon claims to offer outstanding compensation, benefits, and career prospects in a statement.
The strike has had no effect on the company's clientele, according to the corporation.
Amazon announced earlier this year that starting in July an entry-level wage of 12 euros ($13.9) per hour would be guaranteed at its German facilities, rising to at least 12.50 euros per hour by autumn 2022.
Amazon's hourly salaries are higher than Germany's current minimum salary of 9.60 euros.
However, if the next coalition government of the center-left Social Democrats, the Greens, and the liberal Free Democrats can reach an agreement, Germany's minimum wage will rise to 12 euros.