Rough Terrains: Wages as Mobilizing Factor in German and Italian Amazon Distribution Centers

Amazon’s overarching significance and clout in distribution in Europe has led to demands for equal wages for all workers in Amazon’s distribution centers across the continent. Amazon’s wage structure is critically analyzed within this context. The article then moves on to look at findings on workers strike motives, based on quantitative and qualitative data from Amazon workers in Leipzig and Rheinberg (both Germany) as well Castel San Giovanni (Italy). The integration of both perspectives allows for discussion of a European-wide campaign for wealth redistribution and an international Amazon strike strategy that takes workers’ dissatisfaction with factory-like labor processes into account.

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