Labor union Verdi said that workers at six Amazon sites in Germany will go on strike on Monday in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centers tested positive for coronavirus.

On Sunday, Verdi said that the strike would last at least 48 hours, under the motto ‘Good and healthy work’, to denounce what it called a lack of transparency by the US retail giant after workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Verdi representative Orhan Akman that “We have information that at least 30 to 40 colleagues were infected.”

Amazon has faced a long-running battle with unions in Germany over better pay and conditions for logistics workers, who have staged frequent strikes since 2013.

Verdi mentioned that the strikes will hit Amazon sites in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne, and Koblenz. It said Amazon was putting profit ahead of the safety of its workers.

Amazon rejected the accusations in a statement and said that as of June it had invested $4 billion on measures to protect its global workforce and clients from the risk of COVID-19 infections.

A spokesman for Amazon in Germany said that in Germany, Amazon has since February ordered 470 million hand disinfection bottles, 21 million pairs of gloves, 19 million masks, and other face protection gear and 39 million boxes of disinfectant wipes.


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