The truth is, many unions *are* in fact extremely powerful and often self-serving, one of them put Hostess out of business last year, remember?
And nothing of value was lost. Hostess Bakeries had been on the verge of bankruptcy since 2004, also note that it's still in business and making twinkles as we speak. The "Old" Hostess Bakeries used its long-developing bankruptcy to justify defaulting on its pension obligations– for some reason it's bad to stop paying on a loan, but it's okay to break a contract with a pension administrator. Hostess filled the news with stories about "unreasonable union demands" as a fig leaf to avoid talking about their own decades-long mismanagement. They then used the bankruptcy court to shed themselves of their contracted union obligations, and proceeded to sell the brand to a hedge fund.
That said, I do believe the German Amazon workers should get overtime pay if they work overtime.
Right. They just shouldn't get OT through collective bargaining. Rather, Amazon should just give it to them out of the kindness of its heart. You don't think workers have a right to overtime, you think it should be a gift.