Over 700 UK Amazon workers walk out over pay issues

More than 700 warehouse workers at an Amazon warehouse in England reportedly quit this week in a dispute over a pay rise Reuters. Amazon refused to agree to the £2 (or $2.44) hourly increase demanded by the union representing the workers, instead offering a 34p pay rise. GMB, the union representing workers at the Tillbury plant (an Essex suburb in eastern England), said workers left on both Wednesday and Thursday.

“Amazon is one of the most profitable companies in the world,” said Steve Garelick, a GMB regional organizer. ABC. “With household expenses rising, the least they can do is pay them decently.”

Garelick released video footage of protesting Tillbury workers beginning their strike shortly after Amazon broke the news that it would not meet the union’s demands. Management reportedly “withdrew catering from the facility” and told workers they would be fired if they left the premises.

GMB campaigned for higher wages and better health standards for Amazon warehouse workers in the UK in 2013, even calling for an introduction to the company’s labor practices. Amazon does not recognize the GMB union in Tillbury or any of its other warehouses across the UK.

Dozens of Amazon workers at another UK warehouse – in Rugeley – also left yesterday over a payments dispute. “Amazon Rugeley announced a 50p wage increase, citing the local/Rugeley average wage rate. The news was not well received by employees and more than 100 people went to the canteen to protest, affecting many customer deliveries,” an anonymous employee said The Birmingham Mail.

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