2023-01-25 07:02:52

Amazon workers stage first-ever strike in the UK over pay, working conditions

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  • Amazon workers staged their first-ever strike in the U.K. at the tech giant's warehouse in Coventry, central England.
  • Staff say they are unhappy with a below-inflation pay increase and tough working conditions.

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Amazon workers are going on strike in Britain, in a move that marks the first formal industrial action in the country for the U.S. tech giant.

The 24-hour strike action began Wednesday a minute after midnight. Strikers are expected to picket outside the company's site in Coventry in central England throughout the day. The GMB Union, which represents the workers involved, said it expects hundreds of employees to turn up to the walkout.

Staff are unhappy with a pay increase of 50 pence (56 U.S. cents) per hour, equivalent to 5% and well below inflation. Amazon introduced the pay hike last summer. But warehouse workers say it fails to match the rising cost of living. They want the company to pay a minimum 15 an hour.

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