Workers rally against Amazon in Seattle, Germany

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Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:16:33 EST

SEATTLE (AP) — There have been protests against online retail giant Amazon.com today in Germany and in the U.S.

More than 1,000 workers at Amazon.com in Germany walked off the job in a labor dispute. Just a few dozen people rallied in solidarity today outside the retailer's Seattle headquarters.

Amazon has about 9,000 fulltime employees in Germany and hires about 14,000 seasonal workers. A company spokeswoman says the majority of the workers did not strike.

A union says Amazon workers receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs. They also say other retailers pay overtime, but Amazon does not.

For its part, Amazon said its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees are already paid on the upper end of what workers in that industry earn. Their wage packages also include stock grants and bonuses. The union says that by classifying its centers as "logistics" centers, Amazon can pay lower wages.

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