Amazon talks to employees in Poland as strike threatened
WARSAW (Reuters) – Amazon said on Friday it was in talks with employees in Poland after unions threatened strike action, in search of higher pay in distribution centres.
The cross follow strikes this year in Spain and Germany, where employees demanded higher pay and better working conditions.
“We continue to run our business as usual, while focusing on direct dialogue with our employees, which is the most effective way to quickly respond to their needs,” Amazon said in a statement sent to Reuters by e-mail.
On Thursday unions in Poland demanded Amazon nearly double its employees’ pay, which stands at around 17.5-19.5 zlotys ($4.58-$5.10) per hour for a low-level role depending on the region, and enhance working conditions.
“Amazon has created more than 14,000 good jobs in Poland with very attractive pay on top of industry-leading benefits and skills training opportunities — all in a modern, comfortable, and safe working environment,” Amazon said.
“Amazon has now not but addressed our demands,” Maria Malinowska of the Worker’s Initiative union stated on Friday.