Amazon employees go on strike for the first time in the UK

Hundreds of Amazon warehouse workers in the United Kingdom on Wednesday staged the first-ever strike to reject a 50 pence pay increase.

According to the Daily Mail, members of the GMB union who work at the company’s fulfillment center in Coventry went on strike to demand a wage increase amid significant increases in the cost of living.

The union workers voted in December after claiming that the firm, which made £204 million in profits in 2021, had offered them a “pathetic” 50p-an-hour raise.

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Amazon has said it offers “competitive pay” and that only a “tiny proportion” of its UK workforce is involved in the strike with deliveries not being affected.

It is the first time Jeff Bezos’s company’s workers have held industrial action in the UK, following on from similar strikes in the United States and Germany.

A fulfilment centre is a warehouse where goods are packed and dispatched to fulfil orders.

While speaking ahead of Wednesday’s demonstration, GMB senior organiser, Stuart Richards said: “Today, Amazon workers in Coventry will make history.

“They’ve defied the odds to become the first ever Amazon workers in the UK to go on strike.

“They’re taking on one of the world’s biggest companies to fight for a decent standard of living. They should be rightly proud of themselves.”

 

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