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Amazon Workers Stage Strike In Germany

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Employees of internet retail giant Amazon stage a strike in front of the company's logistics center in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 25, 2013. Amazon employees again went on strike over pay. Germany's service-sector union Verdi has been trying for months to get Amazon to bring the pay of its 9,000 workers in Germany in line with wages in the distribution sector. AFP PHOTO / DPA / PETER ENDIG / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PETER ENDIG/AFP/Getty Images) | PETER ENDIG via Getty Images

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of Amazon.com Inc. workers are staging a strike in Germany and the union says there will be more to come in the run-up to Christmas unless the online retailer raises wages.

The one-day warning strike Monday at Amazon's distribution centers in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig were the latest of several as the ver.di union pushes for wage agreements similar to those governing retail and mail-order workers.

Amazon has already agreed to pay Christmas bonuses but ver.di says the concession isn't enough and it "is in Amazon's hands" whether there are more strikes.

Amazon says that its warehouses are logistics centers and employees are already paid on the upper end of what other workers in that industry earn.

Ver.di represents about 2,000 workers in Leipzig and 3,300 in Bad Hersfeld.

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