Hundreds of Amazon workers in Coventry went on strike over wages for three days in a row
- The GMB union said 600 members walked out at 06:30 BST today
- Union members are asking for a wage increase from £10.50 to £15 an hour
Hundreds of Amazon workers in Coventry have embarked on a three-day strike over pay disputes.
The GMB union said 600 members walked out at 06:30 this morning and will not return until Tuesday – with further action to take place from April 21 to 23.
According to the BBCmembers ask for a wage increase from £10.50 to £15 an hour, but the union is not recognized by the US company.
Amazon previously said that the minimum wage had increased by 10 percent since 2018 and by more than 37 percent.
An Amazon spokesperson claimed the retailer regularly checked their wages to make sure they were offering “competitive wages.”
Amazon employees joined the picket line today, in which GMB representative Amanda Gearing took part
The GMB union said 600 members in Coventry walked out at 6.30am and will not return until Tuesday – with further action set to take place from April 21 to 23
Regional organizer for GMB Stuart Perry (right) tweeted: ‘Had another great day on the picket line outside Amazon Coventry’
They added that only a ‘small portion’ of the Coventry workforce was involved in the dispute.
More than 100 union members were reported to have joined the picket line outside Amazon’s warehouse in Coventry on Sunday, according to GMB representatives.
GMB senior organizer Amanda Gearing said GMB members “will not accept a dime pay raise from one of the richest companies in the world.”
In March, insurgent workers at an Amazon depot in Coventry staged a five-day strike.
More than 100 union members were reported to have joined the picket line outside Amazon’s warehouse in Coventry on Sunday, according to GMB representatives
Amazon previously said minimum wage had risen 10 percent and more than 37 percent since 2018
GMB Union workers previously walked out on Feb. 28 and March 2 after voting to strike in an industry vote last December.
Workers also became the online giant’s first-ever UK workers to go on strike on January 25, receiving praise from Coventry South Labor MP Zarah Sultana, who said they were ‘making history’.
GMB Union estimated that the union action would cost Amazon more than £2 million.
Amazon is the second largest retailer in the world after Walmart.