Hundreds of Amazon Workers Stage First UK Strike By

© Reuters. — Hundreds of workers at Inc (NASDAQ:) in the UK are staging their first strike in the country to protest what they describe as “trifling” wage increases offered by the tech giant.

Around 300 workers at an Amazon warehouse in the city of Coventry have gone on strike, according to the GMB union.

GMB union members voted in December for industrial action after Amazon proposed raising workers’ wages by 50 pence an hour. More than 98% of the employees voted in favor.

Amazon told Bloomberg News that it is “proud” of its employees’ salaries, offering salary packages ranging from a minimum of £10.50 to £11.45 (£1 = $1,231) per hour. The UK is set to increase its national living wage for adults aged 23 and over from £9.50 to £10.42 in April.

The strike comes as Amazon grapples with subdued customer demand after a pandemic-fuelled boom. This trend has led the group to announce major job cuts and abandon plans to open new storage locations.

by Scott Kanowski

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