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Amazon threatens to flood warehouses with new employees to ‘dodge legal obligations’, union claims

Amazon warehouse worker

Trade union GMB has accused Amazon bosses of “running scared” following recent industrial action at its Coventry warehouse over an “insulting pay rise”.

According to the trade union, bosses at the ecommerce giant “appear to be threatening to flood the warehouse with up to 1,000 new staff in a bid to dodge their legal obligations”.

“Our members have been crystal clear since day one of their industrial action: they expect their employer to talk pay with their union,” GMB senior organiser Amanda Gearing said in a statement which has now been removed.

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“The fact Amazon has flat out refused opportunities to do just that underlines why GMB members at Amazon are so determined to win this fight.”

She added: “With industrial action escalating to new fulfilment centres, it’s clear Amazon is facing a historical moment that can no longer be ignored.”

Last month, workers at Amazon kicked off a fresh round of industrial action in a dispute about pay amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, with workers demanding a pay rise to £15 an hour, from the current rate of £11 an hour.

Recently, Amazon workers in Coventry demanded formal union recognition after membership more than doubled amid recent industrial action.

InternetRetailing has contacted Amazon for comment.

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