Amazon workers to vote on industrial action over pay

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Several employees of online giant Amazon are to be voted on to strike over wages.

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The GMB union said its members based in Coventry will be the first Amazon employees in the UK to participate in a formal industrial action ballot.

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The vote closes in mid-October, with any industrial action due in November, the union said.

GMB official Amanda Gearing said: “These Amazon employees will be the first in the UK to participate in a formal strike ballot – they are making history.

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“They are being offered a 35p-per-hour wage increase during the worst-ever living crisis in a generation – and that is from a company worth over £1 trillion.

“Obviously, they’re angry.

“Amazon can afford to do better. It’s not too late to negotiate with GMB to avoid strike action and improve employees’ pay and conditions.”

Amazon has previously stated: “Starting salaries for Amazon employees have increased to between a minimum of £10.50 and £11.45 an hour, depending on location.

“This represents a 29% increase in the minimum hourly wage paid to Amazon affiliates since 2018.

“On top of this, employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package that includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidized meals, an employee discount and much more, with a combined value of thousands of pounds annually- Also includes a company pension plan.

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