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Amazon staff at UK warehouse “ready to walk out” over pay


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// Amazon warehouse workers in Central England are willing to strike over pay
// More than 300 workers voted in a consultative ballot

Amazon warehouse workers in Coventry are willing to strike over pay, according to a union.

More than 300 workers voted in a consultative ballot – where 97% said they were ready to strike in the latest labour dispute.

“Amazon workers are rightly furious and they are ready to walk out,” GMB Senior Organiser Amanda Gearing said.


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“They’re being offered 35p an hour during the worst cost of living crisis in a generation – and that’s from a company worth more than one trillion pounds.”

Amazon said its starting pay had risen to a minimum of £10.50-£11.45 per hour — a 29% increase in the minimum hourly wage for Amazon associates since 2018.

Employees are also offered a benefits package worth “thousands of pounds annually”, Amazon said.

Hundreds of Amazon workers at a warehouse in Tilbury in southeast England walked out in protest over pay last month, over a 35 pence per hour pay increase, less than the 2-pound rise sought by the GMB.

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