Amazon workers at Coventry warehouse vote for strike action
Workers at Amazon‘s Coventry warehouse have voted to take formal strike action.
The GMB union said workers have voted to walk out due to anger over the company’s 50p per hour pay offer.
Amanda Gearing, GMB senior organiser, said: “Amazon workers in Coventry have made history – they will be the first ever in the UK to take part in a formal strike.
“Amazon can afford to do better. It’s not too late to avoid strike action; get round the table with GMB to improve the pay and conditions of workers.”
The ballot saw 98% of the 284 union members at the site vote to strike on a turnout of over 63%. The site employs 1,400 people,
Any industrial action is likely to take place in the new year.
An Amazon spokesperson told The Guardian: “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.”