Amazon workers in the UK will hold their first-ever strike today due to a dispute over pay.
Members of the GMB union at the company’s fulfillment centre in Coventry voted to walk out today, 25 January, in protest of a pay increase they say is worth 50p per hour.
The strike is led by GMB senior organizer, Stuart Richards, who said, “Today, Amazon workers in Coventry will make history.
“They’ve defied the odds to become the first ever Amazon workers in the UK to go on strike.
“They’re taking on one of the world’s biggest companies to fight for a decent standard of living. They should be rightly 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 proper pay rise.”
Amazon told ITV news that the industrial action involves only a ‘tiny proportion’ of its workforce and says that it does offer competitive pay.