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BERLIN, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Germany’s Verdi union on Sunday called on workers at Amazon warehouses across the country to support strikes in the coming days in a wage protest aimed at maximizing the online retailer’s prenatal business.

The union said it had called on workers at seven German distribution centers to down tools during undeclared strikes, which are being replaced at various locations, in response to delayed inflation-adjusted wage increases.

Amazon said the strike affected only a few of its 20 logistics centers in Germany.

Germany is Amazon’s biggest market after the US, and Verdi has been staging strikes at the company’s German sites since 2013 in long-running protests against low wages and poor conditions.

“Partners are furious and don’t want to be seen as fools by a company that makes billions in profits,” the union said.

It said the changing strikes would hamper Amazon management’s attempts to prepare for stoppages.

Amazon, which does not recognize collective bargaining agreements in Germany, said all of its logistics workers received pay raises in September.

Verdi said Amazon workers in Germany earn several thousand euros less a year than their counterparts at companies with collective bargaining rights.

Amazon said it pays its employees well and offers them benefits and training opportunities. “The starting salary is €13 per hour including bonuses, with an annual salary of over €35,000 gross after two years.

The union did not immediately respond to a question about whether its Amazon members had been voted into the strike.

Report by Thomas Escrite; editing by John Stonestreet

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