Sabrina Apicella, Rough Terrains: Wages as Mobilizing Factor in German and Italian Amazon Distribution Centers

Sabrina Apicella discusses the demand for equal wages for all Amazon workers across Europe, initially proposed by the activist and grassroot union network Transnational Social Strike Platform (TSS). Its main argument consists of the notion that wage equality would render Amazon’s strategic exploitation of national differences in wage levels and labor regulations futile. In this sense, a continent-wide wage hike for Amazon workers would constitute a major step forward both politically as well as socially. Based on reaserch on Amazon FCs in Italy and Germany, Apicella explores the limits of this concept, and proposes a re-definition of an agenda for a transnational campaign against Amazon.