Amazon workers on strike in Germany

Amazon workers on strike in Germany in ongoing dispute over wages

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An Amazon employee blows a whistle during a strike action at Amazon's logistics center in Bad Hersfeld, central Germany, Monday, Sept. 25, 2013. Hundreds of Amazon.com Inc. workers stage 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. (AP Photo/dpa, Uwe Zucchi)

BERLIN (AP) -- Workers at one of Amazon.com's German distribution centers are on strike in a dispute over wages.

The ver.di union said Monday that workers at the American online retailer's logistics center in Leipzig were staging the short-term warning strike to try to get management to return to the negotiating table.

Ver.di says it may extend the action to other logistics centers, and is also threatening multiple-day strikes.

Amazon has offered Christmas bonuses to workers but the union says it also wants wage increases.

The union says Amazon workers receive lower pay than others in retail and mail-order jobs. Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees already earn wages on the upper end of that industry.

Amazon has about 9,000 fulltime employees in Germany.

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