Amazon rocked by first UK strike as workers at web giant’s Coventry warehouse walk out over pay
Pay demands: Workers at Amazon’s Coventry warehouse are set to walk out in protest against a pay rise
Amazon workers are staging their first ever strike in the UK in a dispute over pay.
Members of the GMB union at the company’s warehouse in Coventry will walk out today in protest against a pay rise which the union said is worth 50p an hour.
Stuart Richards, GMB senior organiser, said: ‘They’re [the workers] taking on one of the world’s biggest companies to fight for a decent standard of living.
‘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 proper pay rise.’
An Amazon spokesman said: ‘Only a fraction of 1pc of our UK employees voted in the ballot – and that includes those who voted against industrial action.
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 per hour.’