Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos received a hostile reception when he arrived in the German capital to pick up an innovation award on Tuesday (Apr.
Some 450 Amazon workers, who are members of the powerful Verdi trade union, amassed outside the offices of publisher Axel Springer, where the awards ceremony was taking place, carrying placards reading “Make Amazon Pay.”
Amazon workers from other countries, including Poland and Italy, also traveled to Berlin to join the demonstration.
Verdi has for years been a constant thorn in Amazon’s side in Germany, organizing workers strikes to demand improved pay and working conditions.
She had some harsh words for Bezos, telling reporters that he didn’t deserve his prize since he treats his employees badly.
Amazon employs some 16,000 people in Germany, which is its biggest market outside the US.
Nahles yesterday also labeled Amazon and other big tech companies “world champions in tax avoidance.”. »