Workers at Amazon’s main Italian site to hold first strike Black Friday

Workers at Amazon’s primary distribution hub found in Italy are planning their first ever hit for Fri, trade unions said, threatening to disrupt one of the busiest shopping times of the year.

Like the rest of Europe, Italians in recent years have embraced the U.S. tradition of Dark-colored Friday, a moment of heavy discounting by suppliers on the day after Thanksgiving.

Unions said in a statement more than 500 Amazon workers at the Piacenza blog found in northern Italy had decided to strike following a failing to negotiate bonuses with the business.

Workers have also didn’t do any overtime until Dec. 31, covering the peak time for the web retailer which hires short-term workers during this period.

Amazon employs around 1,600 persons on a permanent basis in the Piacenza blog, the first it built in the country after launching its Italian internet site in 2010 2010.

Amazon said in a statement it remained focused on trying to guarantee scheduled deliveries for its customers on Dark Friday and found in the following days.

The business said salaries paid to its workers were among the highest in the logistic sector and that it also provided some benefits such as for example private medical insurance or money to pay for training programs.

E-commerce keeps growing fast found in Italy where online product sales account only for ten percent of overall retail product sales, according to consultancy EY, half the European typical.

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