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Amazon employees extend pay strikes

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Amazon employees in Coventry have voted for six additional months of pay strikes, despite failing to win formal union recognition by the ecommerce giant.

The results of the ballets come as around 800 Amazon workers in Coventry went on strike today, while almost 500 joined the picket line, on the 19th day of industrial action.

According to trade union GMB, 99% of workers voted to extend industrial action, based on a turnout of 54%.

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“The vote for six more months of strike action at Amazon Coventry shows these workers are in for the long haul. Almost 500 people on the picket line are incredible,” GMB senior organiser Amanda Gearing said.

“Amazon call pulls all the dirty tricks it wants; hiring extra staff to deny workers their right to a voice in the workplace is an obstacle, but it is not unsurmountable.

“These workers are angry, they know their rights and they will not go away.”

The move comes as Amazon workers demanded formal union recognition after membership doubled during recent industrial action, however, the bid was recently withdrawn, with GMB accusing Amazon of using “dirty tricks”.

GMB membership doubled to 800, which it believed represented more than half of the warehouse employees, the usual threshold for statutory union recognition in a workplace.

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