The German Retail Federation, Handelverband Deutschland – HDE, together with the US online retailing giant Amazon have confirmed that in February 2020 Amazon entered the HDE umbrella federation. However the company opted for membership without application of sector collective agreements (OT status). Services union Verdi, which has been battling Amazon for five years, has protested the decision, recalling that Amazon has always refused to apply retail sector salary agreements, preferring instead to apply the more financially advantageous (for the company) logistics sector agreements. The Confederation of German Trade Unions has warned it will not tolerate for long the ‘Americanization’ of Germany’s social partnership.
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