NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amazon.com (AMZN) has been hit by a warehouse workers strike in Germany, a new three-day strike today to press their demands for better pay and conditions as the online retailer races to ensure Christmas orders are delivered on time, Reuters reports.
Labor union Verdi said the strike had started at five of Amazon's nine distribution centers in Germany but added it would only know later in the day how many workers participated. The walkouts are set to run until the end of Wednesday's late shift, Reuters said.
Verdi said delays to deliveries could not be ruled out due to the strikes, but Amazon said customers could order up until midnight on Dec. 21 to get gifts in time for Christmas, or even on Dec. 23 or 24 if they pay for "express" delivery, according to Reuters.
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Amazon has repeatedly rejected the union's demands, arguing it regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and says they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry, Reuters pointed out.
They employ about 10,000 warehouse staff in Germany, its second largest market after the U.S., plus more than 10,000 seasonal workers.