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Amazon workers announce new strike dates

Amazon workers are to embark on a further set of strikes at the company’s Coventry warehouse. More than 350 staff at the West Midland fulfilment centre… View Article

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Amazon workers announce new strike dates

Amazon workers are to embark on a further set of strikes at the company’s Coventry warehouse.

More than 350 staff at the West Midland fulfilment centre will walk out on 28 February, 2 March and from 13 to 17 March.

Amanda Gearing, the GMB union’s senior organiser, said: “This unprecedented week-long strike shows the anger among Amazon workers in Coventry. They work for one of the richest companies in the world, yet they have to work round the clock to keep themselves afloat.

“It’s sickening that Amazon workers in Coventry will earn just eight pence above the NMW in April 2023. Amazon bosses can stop this industrial action by doing the right thing and negotiating a proper pay rise with workers.”

Amazon staff at the Coventry warehouse became the company’s first workers to strike in the UK when they walked out in January over  their fight for pay of £15 per hour.

At the time, an Amazon spokesperson said: “We appreciate the great work our teams do throughout the year and we’re proud to offer competitive pay, which starts at a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 a hour, depending on location. This represents a 29% increase in the minimum hourly wage paid to Amazon employees since 2018.”

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