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// Amazon warehouse workers to continue striking at multiple locations over pay
// Amazon advised their staff that they “will not increase pay at any site in the UK”

Amazon warehouse workers are set to continue striking at multiple sites over their salaries.

Union GMB said Amazon advised their staff that they “will not increase pay at any site in the UK”.

Last week, more than 700 workers at a warehouse in Tilbury, Essex walked out over a 35p pay rise announcement.


READ MORE: Amazon warehouse strike: Workers set Wednesday deadline for improved pay offer


Earlier this week, workers at Tilbury, as well as at Amazon distribution sites in Dartford, Belvedere, Hemel Hempstead, Chesterfield, Swindon and Rugeley, started doing ‘slowdown work’ – picking just one package an hour so they are still paid.

The starting hourly rate for ‘Tier 1’ workers will increase from £11.10 to £11.45 at the end of this month, The Grocer reported.

Workers are seeking a £2 per hour pay rise “to better match the demands of the role and cope with the cost of living crisis”.

GMB regional organiser, Steve Garelick said: “The image the company likes to project, and the reality for their workers, could not be more different.

“Amazon is one of the most profitable companies on the planet. They made a fortune through the pandemic when people were unable to shop on the high street. Now, with household costs spiralling, the least they can do is offer their workers decent pay.”

Amazon said that starting pay for all full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary roles in the UK will be increasing to a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 per hour, depending on location.

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