Amazon.com Inc created 6,000 new full-time positions in Europe in 2014 to respond to booming demand, the U.S. online retailer said yesterday. Amazon said in a statement it now employed 32,000 permanent staff in the European Union, with the new jobs created in logistics centres, customer service, software development, supply chain management and design. Amazon said around 1,200 of the new jobs were in Germany, its second-biggest market after the United States where it employs 10,000 warehouse staff plus more than 10,000 seasonal workers. Britain had the next most new positions with the rest spread around other countries. Amazon has been hit in Germany by a series of strikes. Trade union Verdi has organised frequent strikes since May 2013 to try to force the retailer to raise pay for warehouse workers.
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