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Amazon UK workers plan further strikes over ‘insulting’ pay rise

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Amazon workers in the UK are planning further industrial action against the online giant over a 50p an hour pay rise.

The online retailer presented workers with a pay rise averaging between just 1.8% and 2.5%, which employees have branded as an “insult”.

The move follows industrial action at the retailers Coventry fulfilment centre in the Midlands, where employees demanded higher pay.

According to trade union GMB, which represents the employees, with inflation rising and RPI hitting over 12% earlier this year, members have called on the company to urgently sit down and talk pay with their union.

Amazon worker Darren Westwood said: “Is this really what Amazon think’s we’re worth?

“This is another pay rise of pennies, from one of the world’s wealthiest companies.”

He added: “Three months ago Amazon told us there was no money left for pay rises, yet through pressure, campaigning and strike action we’ve forced one of the world’s wealthiest companies to sit up and take notice.

“Amazon workers won’t back down until we’ve won the pay recognition we deserve. Now is the time for Amazon to sit down with our union and talk pay.”

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However, Amazon claims it ensures it is “offering competitive wages” and regularly reviews pay, announcing another increase for its UK operations teams.”

GMB senior organiser Amanda Gearing added: “News today that company top brass have dug deep to find an extra 20 to 50 pence for staff will come as little reassurance to Amazon workers worldwide struggling to make ends meet and pay the bills.

“GMB members at Amazon Coventry are clear on their demands; £15 an hour and Amazon to sit down and talk pay with their workers union.

“That is why they have been on strike and that is why GMB members will continue to fight for fair pay,” she concluded.

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