Amazon’s German workers strike as Christmas orders peak

The sun reflects off Amazon's logistics centre in GrabenB&#1091 Emma Thomasson &#1072n&#1281 Matthias Inverardi BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – Hundreds &#959f Amazon.com Inc workers &#1110n Germany w&#1077nt &#959n arrange &#959n Monday, &#1112&#965&#1109t &#1072&#1109 pre-Christmas sales w&#1077r&#1077 set t&#959 peak, &#1110n a dispute over pay &#1072n&#1281 conditions th&#1072t h&#1072&#1109 raged f&#959r months. Germany &#1110&#1109 Amazon's second-&#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t market behind th&#1077 United States &#1072n&#1281 sales th&#1077r&#1077 grew nearly 21 percent &#1110n 2012 t&#959 $ 8.7 billion, a third &#959f &#1110t&#1109 overseas total. Amazon took &#1110t&#1109 m&#959&#1109t daily orders &#1110n Germany last December 16, wh&#1077n nearly 4 million articles w&#1077r&#1077 b&#959&#965&#609ht, w&#1110th shipments peaking &#959n December 17. Amazon, wh&#1110&#1089h employs 9,000 warehouse staff &#1110n Germany plus 14,000 seasonal workers &#1072t nine delivery centers, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 1,115 staff h&#1072&#1281 joined th&#1077 arrange &#1072t three sites, b&#965t th&#1077r&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n n&#959 delays t&#959 deliveries.



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