From The Independent:
Amazon is at the centre of a deepening scandal in Germany as the online shopping giant faced claims that it employed security guards with neo-Nazi connections to intimidate its foreign workers.
Germany’s ARD television channel made the allegations in a documentary about Amazon’s treatment of more than 5,000 temporary staff from across Europe to work at its German packing and distribution centres.
The film showed omnipresent guards from a company named HESS Security wearing black uniforms, boots and with military haircuts. They were employed to keep order at hostels and budget hotels where foreign workers stayed. “Many of the workers are afraid,” the programme-makers said.
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ARD said Amazon’s temporary staff worked eight-hour shifts packing goods at the company’s logistics centres in Bad Hersfeld, Konstanz and Augsburg. Many walked up to 17 kilometres per shift and all those taken on could be fired at will. On arrival in Germany, most were told their pay had been cut to below the rate promised when they applied for jobs at Amazon. “They don’t see any way of complaining,” said Heiner Reimann, a spokesman for the United Services Union (Ver.di). “They are all too frightened of being sent home without a job.”
Link to the rest at The Independent and thanks to G.P. for the tip.
PG can’t remember where The Independent stands in the UK hierarchy of newspaper credibility. If German visitors can provide some context about ARD, that would also be helpful.
In the United States, various labor unions generate a lot of anti-Amazon publicity in their attempts to organize Amazon warehouse workers. To PG’s knowledge, no union has been successful in organizing any warehouse. The union spokesman source in the article raised the possibility of union involvement in the Independent’s story in PG’s mind.