Customs checked the working conditions of shipping, logistics and transport companies across Germany on Friday. Subcontractors of the online retailer Amazon were also checked. The undeclared work financial control officers examined, among other things, whether there was social security fraud, bogus self-employment or violations of the minimum wage law. More recently, by their own statements, Customs often had to do with pseudo-independent drivers, disguised black wage payments and fake ID.
According to media reports, Amazon was primarily or exclusively affected by the raid. A customs spokesperson contradicted this. There were no instructions to verify Amazon’s subcontractors. It was a routine check like in other industries. Photographs by photojournalists show how customs officials on the A4 in Saxony checked a tanker on Friday that apparently does not deliver Amazon packages.
According to the Verdi union, a few months ago, despite stricter laws, Amazon was still the only major mail-order company that “firmly adhered to the concept of outsourcing and outsourcing.” In 2019, the federal government forced parcel services through the Parcel Protection Act to ensure that their many subcontractors pay social security contributions for all deliverers. According to Verdi, the success of the law depends on regular checks. According to custom, the national swarming of officials was intended to prevent presence.
The legal liability of subcontractors actually seems to have sparked an overhaul of the industry. A few months ago, companies like Hermes and DPD were actually relying on more freelancers in delivering packages and hiring their first permanent employees instead of outsourcing. Deutsche Post’s subsidiary DHL recently granted its employees a corona bonus of 300 euros.
Amazon has announced that it will meet the requirements of the legislature. All of the group’s parcel providers are “obligated to comply with applicable laws and the Amazon Delivery Partner Code of Conduct.” The emphasis is on fair wages, benefits, reasonable hours of work and compensation.