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Amazon staff at UK warehouse ‘ready to strike’ over pay, says union

LONDON -Amazon employees at a warehouse in Coventry in central England are prepared to strike over pay, a union mentioned on Friday, within the newest labour dispute involving the U.S. e-commerce big’s British staff.

Greater than 300 staff voted in a consultative poll – the place 97% mentioned they had been able to strike – forward of a doable formal vote on whether or not to hold out a strike, the GMB union mentioned.

“Amazon staff are rightly livid and they’re able to stroll out,” GMB Senior Organiser Amanda Gearing mentioned. “They’re being supplied 35p an hour throughout the worst value of dwelling disaster in a technology – and that is from an organization value greater than 1 trillion (kilos).”

Amazon, which has 70,000 staff within the UK, mentioned its beginning pay had risen to a minimal of 10.50-11.45 kilos ($12-$13) per hour – a 29% improve within the minimal hourly wage for Amazon associates since 2018.

Staff are additionally supplied a advantages bundle value “1000’s of kilos yearly”, a UK consultant for Amazon mentioned in an announcement.

Rising prices of dwelling have sparked a wave of commercial unrest throughout industries in Britain as hovering inflation outpaces pay rises.

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A whole lot of Amazon staff at a warehouse in Tilbury in southeast England walked out in protest over pay final month, over a 35 pence per hour pay improve, lower than the 2-pound rise sought by the GMB.

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