Amazon workers are to vote for industrial action over pay and the GMB union said their members in Coventry will be the first in the UK to strike which could take place in November.
GMB official Amanda Gearing said, “These Amazon workers will be the first in the UK to take part in a formal strike ballot – they’re making history.
“They’re being offered a 35p-an-hour pay rise during the worst cost-of-living crisis in a generation – and that’s from a company worth more than £1 trillion.
“Understandably, they are furious.
“Amazon can afford to do better. It’s not too late to avoid strike action and to get round the table with GMB to improve the pay and conditions of workers.”
Amazon previously stated, “Starting pay for Amazon employees has increased to a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 an hour, depending on location.
“This represents a 29% increase in the minimum hourly wage paid to Amazon associates since 2018.
“On top of this, employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package that includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals, an employee discount and more, which combined are worth thousands of pounds annually, as well as a company pension plan.”