[Marxism] About Amazon, and how to fight them

Lüko Willms willms at luekowillms.de
Mon Jan 11 02:59:16 MST 2016

 on Samstag, 9. Januar 2016 at 04:08, Andrew Pollack via Marxism wrote:

>  workers' struggles, especially by Amazon workers, 

  Einde O'Callahan mentioned the ongoing struggles of the Amazon workers in Germany, led by he trade union "Verdi". Verdi stands for "VEReinigte DIenstleistungsgewerkschaft", or united service union. Sometimes written as "Gewerkschaft Ver.di", with a dot in it. 
  Verdi wants Amazon to pay their workers at the rates of retail commerces, but Amazon insists that they are a logistics company, and therefore are entitled to pay the lower wages of that branch. 

   Verdi  conducts the struggle in a self-defeating way. They organise strikes in only one or at most two of the at least four Amazon distributing centers in Germany, and only for one or at most two days, and only demanding that Amazon sits down to negotiate. But Amazon is only laughing at them. Their distribution logistic allows them to direct delivery commands to any other warehouse, and so the workers there have to to the picking in the long alleys of the warehouse. 

  By continuing this ineffective way, Verdi is destroying their own credibility. 

  The only way is to organize a strike in ALL distribution centers, and keep it going until Amazon signs the framework contract of the Retail industry. And coordinating this with the unions in neighbouring countries organizing Amazon workers there, in order  to boycott all deliveries to Germany from those centers. 

  Coupled with a wide public campaign for solidarity, and linking this workers struggle with the campaign against TTIP, the secret "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership". 
Lüko Willms
Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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