Invitation to the Cross-Border Meeting of Amazon Workers in Leipzig in September 2019

Dear Amazon colleagues and supporters,

we cordially invite you to the next Cross-border Meeting of Amazon Workers that will take place from September 27 to 29, 2019, in Leipzig/Germany.

This is a rank-and-file meeting organized by workers themselves. We want to exchange information, plan mutual support and find common strategies for our fight for better working conditions in the warehouses and beyond.

There is no formal organization or any particular trade union or trade union association behind the meeting. We invite all Amazon workers who want to fight the exploitative conditions we face every day to participate – whether individual or unionized, directly employed or employed by temp agencies or subcontractors, warehouse workers, drivers, office workers and technicians serving Amazon warehouses.

We started these meetings in spring 2015 and have met twice a year since. Employees and supporters from England, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the U.S.A. have participated so far, and we hope to welcome workers and supporters from other countries in the future, too.

The discussions have been fruitful and useful for our local initiatives, and we have managed to coordinate joint actions in different countries. For more information, please, have a look at the meetings’ statements on the blog

During our meetings we identified three main themes and problems:

1. wages and working conditions
2. control, “feedbacks” and other disciplinary measures
3. employment relations, including short-term contracts and temporary work.

At the meeting in Leipzig, we want to discuss in more depth the general strategy of our struggle and organizing. Strikes and other actions have already taken place in various countries in recent years, some of them coordinated across borders. Together with you we want to discuss which forms of action and common demands we need to develop in order to enforce improvements of our working conditions.

If you have any other specific issues that you would like to discuss at the meeting, please, let us know and we will include them in the agenda.

As part of the meeting, we are planning a public action in Leipzig to gain support for our struggle and build pressure on Amazon, to which we want to also invite the media and the community.

Organizational Issues

This is a meeting of Amazon employees and supporters who help organize struggles and take on concrete daily support tasks.

The meeting will start on Friday, September 27, at 6 p.m.
Please, make sure you arrive on time.
The meeting will end on Sunday,
September 29, at 2 p.m.

Please, register by sending an email with precise information to – as soon as possible but not later than September 1, 2019. We need your registrations to prepare the meeting and arrange accommodation (in local hostels).

You will receive a detailed agenda and information on the exact location once you have registered. We will also send you a list of questions which you can discuss and answer with your colleagues in advance.

Please, write to us if you need financial support for travel expenses and we will try to find a solution.

The meeting will be held in several languages, and we will organize translation. Let us know if you need translation into a particular language and if you have other special needs.

While the meeting itself is just for workers and supporters, some events will be public. Media representatives and others who want to learn more about the struggle are invited to participate. The date, time and location of the public events will be announced before the meeting on the blog


Final declaration of the Cross-border meeting of Amazon workers – Poznań March 2019

The eighth international meeting of Amazon workers took place from March 15th to March 17th of 2019. More than 50 workers and supporters from Spain, France, Poland and Germany and six trade unions met in Poznań to exchange information and plan further joint actions:

  • As decided at the last meeting, for the first time information was systematically collected about all FC’s involved and the working conditions on site.
  • In Poznań, the campaign „No Rat Race“ against feedbacks and high performance rates is launched. FC’s in other countries want to adopt this campaign. On the occasion of this campaign participants of the meeting distributed flyers during the shift change at the FC in Poznan.
  • One focus of the discussion was the use of temporary work at Amazon. In Poland and Spain, Amazon continues to use temporary workers with very short, sometimes two-week contracts. In Germany, agency work was largely successfully combated 5 years ago. Information about successful strategies were exchanged. The international use of temporary work means pressure on wages and working conditions for every country. To protest against the use of temporary work, a rally was held in front of the company headquarters of the Adecco temporary work agency in Poznan (see video:
  • There was a controversial discussion about the demand for an equal European wage. Amazon workers do the same work everywhere and even the local price levels do not justify the big differences. However, there were also concerns as to whether the European wage is a strategically sensible demand.

At the end of the meeting, the following points were decided:

  • The controversy over the common European wage and strategy of Amazon to play out workers in different countries against each other show that the international organization of Amazon workers needs a common, long-term strategy. For the next meeting a discussion will be prepared by small groups.
  • The collection of information on Amazon from different countries in the form of a reader will be continued.
  • There will be further visits from Amazon employees to other FC’s throughout Europe.
  • The next meeting will take place in Leipzig September 27-29, 2019.

Never before were as many workers from so many countries at the Cross-border Meeting of Amazon workers. The fact that workers from such diverse trade unions as SUD-Solidaire from France, CGT from Spain, ver.di from Germany and IP as well as Solidarnosc from Poland discussed common demands shows that international grassroots organizing beyond trade union borders is possible, and it should be continued and solidified.

Invitation to the Amazon Workers’ Cross-Border Meeting in Poznan, March 2019

Dear fellow Amazon workers and supporters,

we kindly invite you to our next Amazon Workers’ Cross-Border Meeting that will take place in Poznan (West Poland) from Friday, March 15, until Sunday, March 17, 2019.

This is a grassroots meeting organized by workers themselves to exchange information, to support each other in our local struggles, and to find common strategies for our fight for the improvement of working conditions in our warehouses and beyond.

Behind the meeting is no formal organization, neither a particular union nor union tendency. We invite all Amazon workers, as individuals or unionized, to participate – including temp workers, outsourced workers, drivers, tech and white collar workers in and for Amazon warehouses – who want to fight exploitative relations we face at work every day.

We started these meetings in spring 2015 and have continued to meet twice a year since. We had workers and supporters from Germany, Poland, France, England and the US, and we hope to be able to include workers and supporters from more countries in the future.

The discussions were fruitful and useful for our local initiatives and we managed to coordinate common actions in different countries. Please, see the final statements of our meetings at the blog

During these meetings we recognized three main topics:

  1. wages and working conditions
  2. control, feedbacks, and other disciplinary measures
  3. employment relations, including short term contracts and temp work.

At the meeting in Poznan we want to focus on the third topic. Limited work contracts and temp work have been used by Amazon extensively in many warehouses in different countries. They are putting workers in unstable positions, treat them as economic factors that can be used and discarded at the company’s will. Amazon says that the flexible contracts are needed for seasonal work, but they are, actually, used during the whole year.

As the different kinds of contracts lead to splits in the work force, they have a big effect on our organizing at the workplace, too, as could be seen at strikes in Germany and Spain.

At the meeting in Poznan, we want to discuss the specific situation of temp workers and workers with limited contracts as well as ways to confront Amazon and to deal with these problems.

If there are other particular topics you want to discuss at the meeting, please, let us know and we will include them in the agenda.

Organizational issues

This is a meeting of Amazon workers and supporters who help to organize the struggles and take over direct daily support tasks.

The meeting will start on Friday, March 15, after 6 p. m., so, please, arrange to arrive before that. The meeting will end on Sunday, March 17, at 2 p. m.

A detailed agenda and information on the exact place where the meeting will be held in Poznan will be sent to you after you registered.

Please, register by sending an email with precise information to – as soon as possible but not later than March 1, 2019.

Please, tell us if you need any financial assistance for travel expenses and we try to find a solution. We will organize accommodation in local hostels (and, for that reason, need your registration as soon as possible).

The meeting will be in several languages and we will organize translation, but, please, let us know if you need translation for a specific language. And tell us if you have any other special needs.

Part of the agenda will be a public event, and media and others who are interested to ask questions and learn more about the struggle are invited to participate in that. Date, time, and place will be announced on

Final statement of the cross-border meeting of Amazon workers – Bad Hersfeld, September 28–30, 2018

About 25 workers and supporters from Poland, Germany, France and the USA met for the seventh cross-border meeting since 2015 (the first meeting in 2015 also took place in Bad Hersfeld).

The meeting began with reports from the different warehouses. For instance:

  • Wages in Poland were raised again: the hourly wage before tax has increased from 13.00 zlotys to 18.50 zlotys since 2014.
  • A protest of forklift drivers against disciplinary measures took place in Poznan.
  • The state labor inspection put pressure on Amazon due to several infractions of the law.
  • Amazon workers are trying to organize in several warehouses in the USA.
  • In Bad Hersfeld more workers took part in the last strikes, the union Verdi had a good result during the works council elections, organizing attempts were intensified.
  • For the first time, hiccup strikes were used in Bad Hersfeld.

In the further course of the meeting we separated in work groups and discussed the experiences with different forms of labor struggle and the workers’ demands in different countries.

At the end of the meeting we collectively decided to take the following steps:

  • We start a campaign against the usage of targets to speed up work.
  • As the information situation is still unsatisfactory, we form groups which will collect data on wages, working conditions, and employment forms in Amazon warehouses. The results shall be presented during the next cross-border meeting in March.
  • There will be more Safe Package actions (‘work to rule’).
  • Besides organizing activities in the workplaces we will focus on putting pressure on Amazon’s Luxembourg headquarters. The details will be discussed.
  • The next meeting will take place in Poland in mid-March 2019. The city and other details will be announced later this year.

For more information, the next invitation, news, contact, etc. see our blog

September 2018: Invitation to the “Amazon Workers’ Cross-border Meeting” in Bad Hersfeld, Germany

The next “Amazon Workers’ Cross-border Meeting” will take place from Friday, September 28, to Sunday, September 30, 2018, in Bad Hersfeld, Germany.

Amazon workers from different countries have met several times since 2015 to discuss their situation and coordinate actions. In Bad Hersfeld we will focus on the experiences of recent strikes, the Safe Package actions, working conditions and targets, and more.

On Friday, September 28, starting at 2 p.m., we will meet in front of the local Amazon warehouse FRA3 (Amazonstraße 1, 36251 Bad Hersfeld).

Also on Friday, at 7 p.m. we will have a public meeting with workers from Germany, Poland, France, Spain, and the USA.

Everyone is invited to come to these two events, including workers, supporters, and journalists. For more information, see the

The meeting of Amazon workers will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Details on the agenda will be sent to you after registration. Amazon workers from all countries as well as members of Amazon workers’ solidarity groups are invited. It does not matter whether you are a union member or not, everyone can participate!

Organizational topics:

It’s possible to arrive on Thursday, September 27, or Friday, September 28. Thursday evening can be used to get to know each other and to prepare things for the meeting on the following days. Please mention the date and time of arrival and departure when you register for the meeting.

Registration: Please send your registration to the contact form:

We need the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address and (if possible) the mobile phone number
  • Country
  • Fulfillment Center
  • The Languages you speak
  • If you need compensation for travel expenses, please, mention expected costs
  • Date and time of your arrival and departure
  • Special needs (e. g. vegetarian, vegan, allergies)?

If you register as a group one email with the information of all registered is sufficient.

Questionnaire: After the registration we send you a confirmation and a questionnaire. Please send the back the filled-out questionnaire until September 24. Results of all questionnaires will be presented at the meeting.

„Feedback“ for Bezos

Amazon founder and boss Jeff Bezos will be to Berlin on April 24, 2018, to receive the “Axel Springer Award.” He gets the award for his „visionary entrepreneurship in the internet economy“ and the “digitalization strategy” at the Washington Post which he owns.

Bezos’ “vision” is centering around the usage of digital technologies for the exploitation, surveillance and disciplining of Amazon employees. His strategy has been implemented in Amazon offices and warehouses around the globe.

While Amazon claims that the company would care about their employees’ health, reality looks different. Shift work, increased work rates, high work intensity, constant control, and continuous pressure on everyone who does not meet the company requirements make Amazon workers sick.

Amazon is also notorious for low wages and precarious work relations as it employs many workers through temporary work agencies and with short-term labor contracts.

In recent years, workers in many countries, including in Germany, Poland, Spain, and France, have organized, demanded improvements, and resisted in the form of strikes and other forms of struggle.

For the past three years, workers have connected workers “across borders” and “across union memberships” – an attempt to increase the pressure on Amazon by linking up rank and file workers.

On April 24, 2018, we will be in Berlin to welcome Bezos appropriately, together with the campaign “Make Amazon Pay” and other supporters.

Amazon puts pressure on workers through managers’ regular (negative) “feedback” on a worker’s performance, but this time workers will give an appropriate “feedback” on Bezos!

We ask all Amazon workers and supporters to join us on the demonstration and rally in Berlin.

  • 4 p.m.: Meeting at Oranienplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg
  • 4:30 p.m, Demonstration from Oranienplatz to the Axel-Springer-Haus on Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Rally in front of the Axel-Springer-Haus

If you cannot go to Berlin, please, talk to your colleagues, distribute this call, collect workers‘ feedback on Bezos in your own warehouse and send it to us before April 24 or simply fill out the online feedback form here.


Note on necessary improvements

Name and surname: Jeff Bezos

Recently, the way you‘ve done your job has not met the expectations of your employees. Treating your employees with due respect is fundamental to your business. This document provides detailed information on your performance and explains why you are not meeting the expectations. Accordingly, when you arrive in Berlin on April 24, 2018, we will give you negative feedback and read out the concerns employees have. You will be served by public notification.



Solidarity with striking workers at Amazon Spain

Solidarity letter from Poland to the workers on strike at the Amazon warehouse in Spain

Dear friends from MAD4!

We are impressed by your mobilization and your determination in the fight to maintain and improve your working conditions and wages. We want to express our solidarity and wish you good luck and stamina for the struggle against Amazon!

In 2016, here in Poland, 2,000 Amazon workers took part in a strike ballot and voted „yes” for strike. Despite that we could not organize it due to restrictive Polish labor law.

Your struggle inspires us, because you have the courage to fight for what you deserve!

In Amazon warehouses in Spain, Germany, France, Poland, and other countries we organize and fight for the same thing. We reject the exploitation by a few bosses who get rich thanks to our work and spend money on their toys. It is at the cost of hundreds of thousands of workers at Amazon worldwide and at the expense of our families. We refuse to be cheap labor!

We have many similar problems: permanent control by managers, low wages, high pressure to increase productivity. Every week managers give us negative feedbacks, even when we make 99 percent of the expected rate, and they say they can fire us if we get four feedbacks.

Therefore, when Jeff Bezos comes to Europe soon – to Berlin on April 24 – we are going to meet him there so we can give him hundreds of negative feedbacks – this time from us!

We will collect feedbacks from warehouse workers in Poland in the next few weeks, and we invite you to do the same – let’s show Bezos together that we reject the treatment we get!

We also invite you to join the Cross-Border Meeting of Amazon Workers which has taken place regularly for three years. The next meeting will be in Germany near Frankfurt (in Bad Hersfeld, Amazon’s FRA) in September 2018. Through this exchange, we have first-hand information which helps us to effectively organize in our warehouses. (For more on the meetings, please, see

In your current struggle, we wish you strength so you can resist the pressure!

We, the workers, work hard and Amazon doesn’t give us anything for free while it is us who make its giant profits. Therefore we deserve to be treated with dignity, not like robots, all over the world!

One day before your strike we are going to distribute leaflets among workers at Amazon’s POZ1 in Poland to present your demands. We will also explain that there is no point to work under bigger pressure in case Amazon wants us to send out those parcels that cannot be sent from your warehouse due to the strike. We don’t want to be used as scabs!

We support the strikers at Amazon in Spain!

Without a fight you cannot count on a better life!

OZZ Inicjatywa Pracownicza at Amazon Fulfillment Poland

Poznan, March 19, 2018

Final Declaration of the Cross-Border Meeting of Amazon Workers – Leipzig, January 26–28, 2018

Workers from five Amazon warehouses in three countries and supporters met in Leipzig for the sixth meeting of this type since 2015.

First we went to Amazon’s Leipzig warehouse LEJ1 to distribute leaflets titled “Stand up for our common interests!”

During the subsequent meeting, we discussed what had happened since our last meeting in Poznan in spring 2017, and we planned new common actions for 2018.

A major topic of the discussion was the need for more grassroots organizing. After years of confrontation with Amazon, participants feel the need to intensify organizing efforts on the shop-floor and break down the boundaries between union members, non-members, shop stewards, etc. – and get all of them involved in a common struggle.

We also discussed the experience of the Make-Amazon-Pay-campaign in Germany. Workers from Germany and Poland expressed some critique, as the action was mostly “from outside”, but there were also positive statements that underlined that such actions help to build up more pressure on Amazon.

Several actions were planned for the next few months:

  • Safe Package” was started in summer 2017 as a campaign that addresses the harmful effects of the speed-ups, controls, and pressure to reach high targets in Amazon warehouses on workers’ health. “Safe Package” days and weeks took place in Amazon warehouses in Poland, Germany, and France in 2017, and they will continue in 2018.
  • We decided to intensify our exchange on the many court cases between workers in all participating countries and Amazon. Many of them are about targets, reprimands, and dismissals, and Amazon is using all this to put workers under more pressure and punish union activists for their involvement in the struggle for better conditions.
  • * Between March 10 and 12 a group of Amazon workers from Poland and Germany will participate in public discussions on the conditions in Amazon warehouses and their experience of struggle with events in Hamburg, Kiel, and Bremen (Northern Germany).
  • On April 24, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos will get an award by the German media corporation Axel Springer in Berlin, and there will be a mobilization to welcome him in the appropriate way.
  • We will further develop the contacts we already have with Amazon workers and supporters in the USA, Spain, Italy, and Britain.

As other cross-border meetings before, the common exchange, debate, and shared time during those three days raised our motivation, widened our perspective, and helped planning concrete actions. This rare experience of grassroots organizing beyond union affiliations and country borders helps us in our activity in each warehouse, and we will share the new information and results of the meeting with workers there.

The next meeting will take place in Bad Hersfeld at the end of September this year.

For more information, the next invitation, news, contact, etc. see our blog

Amazon workers in Hemel Hempstead and Amazon Flex workers: Let‘s learn from the struggles of our colleagues in Italy, Germany and Poland!


It‘s peak season and work sucks the life out of us. The media presents us as victims, losing the competition with Amazon‘s robots. That sucks too. We can show them that we are no victims.

In Hemel Hempstead we have many problems:

  • The picking target of 120 is too high, and it‘s raining verbal and written warnings. Management makes temp workers hit higher targets for the season, and then makes the regulars reach those targets throughout the whole year. Power hour?! No, thanks!
  • PMP and Adecco pay low. They advertise £10 an hour, but you have to kill yourself with overtime to get it. Some guys work 60 hours plus. The more hours we work per week the less they have to pay per hour. We spend at least one hour unpaid per week waiting to get through security.
  • £4 a day for the bus is too much. It should be free.
  • Amazon, Adecco and PMP leave it up to the last minute to tell the temps when they are fired again. Some temps are given blue badges to look good.

Driving for Amazon Flex in West London ain’t so fun either:

  • The shifts per week are not guaranteed, often we make hardly enough and have to choose between food or petrol.
  • £52 for a 4-hour block doesn‘t leave much for us, once you reduce all the costs for the car, possible repairs, the risk of accidents or not being able to work, e.g. due to illness.
  • They pile more and more parcels onto drivers and give you a hard time if you bring them back when you run out of time.

Drivers and warehouse workers should get together, discuss a list of demands and take steps to lower stress at work. This is not impossible, other workers have done it:

  • In London, university cleaners – all of them migrants like most of us – went on strike for the London Living Wage of £10.20 and for sick pay and were successful.
  • At XPO in Milton Keynes warehouse pickers from Bulgaria threatened management with strike and refused to work 72 hours a week (what management had pressured them to do)
  • In West London migrant workers of a sandwich factory wrote down a list of demands and collected around 100 signatures from colleagues. Dozens of them stopped working when management didn‘t give them an extra break during overtime
  • Self-employed couriers of various companies (Deliveroo etc.) are in struggle for better conditions. Twitter: @iwgb_clb

These seem like small steps, but they can create the basis for bigger steps, like those of Amazon workers in Poland, Germany, Italy and France.

  • Last month, on Black Friday, over half of permanent staff at the largest Amazon FC in Italy went on strike for the first time. Some temp workers (half working for Adecco) also ditched the fear and came on strike. They are asking for higher wages, better conditions and permanent contracts for all.
  • On the same day, workers at six FCs in Germany went on strike to support the Italians and ask for better pay and conditions. Amazon workers in Germany have a longer history of struggle, but the problem is that permanent and temp workers often don‘t struggle together. Wages in Germany and France are higher than in the UK, while working times are shorter.
  • In Poznan (Poland), the biggest Amazon FC in Europe was set up to undermine workers in Germany, who have been on strike several times. When Poznan workers formed their own independent union, Amazon management started paying them higher wages and improved working conditions, because they see workers‘ power. dfs

The best thing is that workers from all these countries started to organise meetings together. They compare their conditions and discuss how they can fight together.

We want to invite you to meet and talk about the conditions here. If you are interested we get you in touch with Amazon workers from other FCs.

If you are a temp and live and work in West London area, we have regular meetings to support each other with problems at work, with landlords or the job centre.

If you need further support you can always contact the independent union IWW, we will always be of help.

Our Solidarity Network meets regularly between 5pm and 6pm, you can always see us there for advice and support:

  • First Monday of the month: McDonald’s Greenford, Retail Park, UB60UW
  • Third Monday of the month: Asda Café, Park Royal, NW107LW
  • Fourth Monday of the month: Poornima Café, 16 South Rd. Southall, UB1 1RT

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