Amazon.com is facing a labor issue which could ultimately lead to a strike. Trade unions have given Amazon 7 days to come up with workable solution.
On Thursday, in a development that marks the latest labor dispute at the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com’s workers in Poland demanded that their salaries be roughly doubled.
Workers at Amazon.com in Germany and Spain had also recently gone on strike demanding higher pay and better working conditions.
“We earn three times less than workers in Germany and we work longer hours,” said Maria Malinowska from the Worker’s Initiative union. “Amazon can’t prey on the fact that it is in Poland, where wages in some regions are lower.”
Amazon.com’s Polish workers are demanding an hourly net salary of at least $6.52 (25 zlotys) as well as slower work rate; they also want changes to the way workers are assessed and the withdrawal of temporary contracts, said the online retailer’s trade unions in a statement.
A net salary of 25 zlotys per hour would amount to around 34 zlotys gross. In contrast, most Amazon workers earn 17.5 to 18.5 zlotys per hour gross.
Trade union leaders have said, if their demands were not met within seven days, they would take the first step in a process which could lead to a strike.