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US online giant Amazon will open three new logistics hubs in Poland by 2015 creating 6,000 new jobs, company and government officials said on Monday in Warsaw.
WARSAW: US online giant Amazon will open three new logistics hubs in Poland by 2015 creating 6,000 new jobs, company and government officials said on Monday in Warsaw.
"We're thrilled that Amazon is coming to Poland," Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski told reporters.
"Opening three huge logistical centres and creating thousands of new jobs is without a doubt a milestone for the further expansion of our economy," he said.
The first two centres are to open in the western Polish cities of Poznan and Wroclaw in 2014, he said. The third will begin operations in Wroclaw in 2015.
The news comes after several hundred employees of Amazon's German centres went on strike after the company refused to bring pay into line with comparable work in the distribution sector. Walkouts were also held in May and June.
After reports in Poland surfaced about the Amazon investment, a spokesman in Germany said last week it had made "no announcement relating to expansion plans".
He said: "There are no plans whatsoever to close one of the existing logistics sites in Europe."
Unconfirmed reports last week also said Amazon could open two other centres in the neighbouring Czech Republic.
An earlier report by the Czech business daily Hospodarske noviny said that Amazon was mulling a centre near Prague airport.
Amazon employs 9,000 people in Germany at eight logistics centres, two customer service centres and at the German headquarters in the southern city of Munich.