Germany - Court critical about Sunday shifts at Amazon - May 31, 2017

One of the long and ongoing disputes at Amazon has led to a court case; the judges at the Kassel court have limited the company’s possibilities to work on Sundays. Trade union Ver.di worked in its campaign successfully together with church organisations as part of the ‘Free Sunday Alliance’ (which campaigns for a work-free Sunday and decent working hours). The court said that the permission given by the authorities in Kassel to work in the post-Christmas period of 2014 had been unconstitutional. There was, at the time, no legal underpinning for the given permission that can only be handed out in ‘extraordinary situations’.   

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