German union and Greenpeace slam Amazon’s Black Friday

FILED - Strikers stand in front of the Amazon logistics center in Koblenz. Photo: Thomas Frey/Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH/dpa

The large German services trade union Verdi and environmental organization Greenpeace held protests to express opposition to online retailer Amazon’s Black Friday discount campaign on Friday.

Verdi is reiterating demands for improved pay for workers and for Amazon to recognize the deals it reaches with other employers in the retail sector. Amazon and Verdi have long been at loggerheads over recognizing the trade union in the company’s distribution centers.

Amazon has rejected Verdi’s criticism, pointing to starting wages including bonuses of at least €13.00 ($13.50) per hour.

Greenpeace accused Amazon of incentivizing excessive consumption, refuse from packaging and the waste of resources. Demonstrators held up a banner reading: “Black Friday: Destruction of Nature as Business Model,” at the company’s headquarters in Munich.

Amazon points to its efforts to cut pollution and CO2 emissions by shifting to electrically powered delivery vehicles among other measures.



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