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Amazon Warehouse Workers in Britain to Stage 3-Day Strike Over Pay Dispute

Nearly 900 Amazon employees at Coventry warehouse plan to strike during Prime Day event demanding £15 per hour and union rights, says GMB labor union.

Credits: Reuters

Nearly 900 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Britain are set to stage a three-day strike starting from July 11-13, announced GMB labor union on Saturday.

The industrial action, coinciding with Amazon's Prime Day sales event, will take place in Coventry for two hours each morning and evening. GMB Senior Organiser Rachel Fagan reiterated the demand for £15 ($19.25) per hour and union rights, highlighting the workers' determination.

According to Amazon, the starting pay for its employees varies between £11 and £12 per hour, depending on the location. It's important to note that the Coventry site does not directly affect customer orders, ensuring minimal disruption to customers, clarified Amazon in an email response to Reuters. Last month, the union confirmed the Coventry warehouse workers' decision to continue striking for an additional six months, following a previous strike from June 12-14.

JPMorgan estimates that Amazon's Prime Day sales will generate approximately £7 billion ($9 billion) in revenue, reflecting a 12% increase from the third quarter's Prime Day figures last year.

In recent months, strikes have been organised across various industries in Britain due to inflationary pressures. Nurses, teachers and transportation workers have all taken industrial action. Additionally, the London Underground staff, represented by trade union RMT, is set to strike from July 23-28 to protest against pensions, job cuts and working conditions.

  • Nearly 900 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Britain, represented by GMB labor union, will strike for three days over a pay dispute.

  • The strike will occur during Amazon's Prime Day event in Coventry, with workers demanding £15 per hour and union rights.

  • Amazon clarifies that the strike will not directly impact customer orders.

Source: Reuters

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