Amazon workers go on strike for the first time in the UK over a wage dispute.
Members of GMB at the company’s fulfillment center in Coventry voted to come to work on Wednesday to protest a wage increase the union said was worth 50p an hour.
GMB Senior Organizer Stuart Richards said:
“They defied odds and became the first Amazon workers in the UK to go on strike.
“They are taking on one of the world’s biggest companies to fight for a decent standard of living.
“They should be proud of themselves.
“After six months of ignoring all requests to listen to workers’ concerns, GMB urges Amazon UK bosses to do the right thing and give workers a decent wage increase.”
An Amazon spokesperson said, “A small percentage of our employees are involved.
“In fact, according to verified figures, only 1% of UK employees took part in the vote, including those who voted against industrial action.
“We thank the team for their excellent work throughout the year and are proud to offer a competitive salary of at least £10.50 to £11.45 an hour, depending on location. I’m here.
“This represents a 29% increase in the minimum hourly wage paid to Amazon employees since 2018. A comprehensive benefit package worth a thousand is also provided.”