Briefing

Amazon workers strike in Germany as company faces backlash in Nashville

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Workers from four Amazon warehouses in Germany, the company’s largest market outside of the U.S., walked out on Monday, calling for better pay. The strike is set to last at least until Thursday. Meanwhile, the company is facing backlash in Nashville for securing a US$100-million-plus tax subsidy from the city. (Reuters, The Guardian)

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Talking point: The same warehouse employees have gone on strike before over poor working conditions and pay, with little success. A group of employees in Italy are the only Amazon workers to successfully reach an agreement with the company through a bargaining unit. In most cases, Amazon has avoided compromising with striking workers. In September 2018, Gizmodo reported on an internal Amazon training video that gave management tips on how to identify and block “organizing activity.” Protests against the company—from workers and communities where Amazon operates—are amplifying, however. The Nashville activists are hoping to leverage the public outcry in New York that preceded Amazon reversing plans to set up a headquarters in the city.