The New York Times reports that Amazon is involved in labor disputes in Germany, one of its biggest markets, because of Amazon’s antipathy to union labor.
Germany has strong unions.
Amazon eventually plans to bring in robots to do the work of people and fears that unions will be an obstacle.
Robots never form a union and don’t ask for higher wages, health care or pensions.
The article says:
Last year, the company spent $775 million to buy a manufacturer of robots that it plans to eventually deploy in its warehouses, though it has not said when they would come to Germany. The last thing it wants is to have to get approval from unions for such changes.
“This really isn’t about higher wages,” Mr. Clark said. “It isn’t a cost question for us. It’s about what our relationship is with our people.”
“We’re still a developing industry,” he added — despite the fact that Amazon posted revenue of $15.7 billion in the last quarter and the company is enjoying a buoyant stock price.
In the United States, Amazon successfully thwarted efforts to unionize.
Imagine that: a company with revenues of $15.7 billion claiming to be “a developing industry.”
Amazing what lengths some billionaires will go to to prevent paying low-level workers a living wage.