Amazon workers stage first ever UK strike

Posted by GMB Admin
Tuesday 24 January 2023
GMB Trade Union - Amazon workers stage first ever UK strike

Amazon workers will stage the first ever strike in the UK today [25 January 2023].

Hundreds of Amazon workers at the fulfilment centre have voted to walk out in anger over the company’s 50 pence per hour pay offer.

An industrial action ballot saw a majority of more than 98 per of workers vote to strike.

Amazon UK Services Limited reported that it paid just £10.8 million in tax in 2021, despite recording a pre-tax profit of £204 million.

Stuart Richards, GMB Senior Organiser, 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.”

Where: BHX4 Amazon Coventry

Fenton Road (walk in entrance), Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9PS

Lyons Park (drive in entrance) Sayer Drive, Coventry, CV5 9PF

When: From 4am to 8am and 4pm to 8pm, 25 January 2023. Rally staged at Lyons Park picket from 4pm to 8pm

Contacts on the day: Stuart Richards - +44 7957 265774, Amanda Gearing +44 7957 265678 or Finbar Bowie - 44 7850 857553

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