Workers at Amazon warehouses across the UK have downed tools over a “pathetic” pay rise.
The ‘wildcat’ or unofficial strikes were started by workers at the Tilbury warehouse on Wednesday night, and have now spread across the UK to Amazon distribution warehouses in Bristol, Staffordshire and Coventry.
Some 300 staff at the warehouse in Avonmouth, near Bristol, stopped work for a second time on Friday in response to the 3 per cent pay rise, equating to an extra 35p an hour.
Around 100 workers at the Lyon’s Park centre in Coventry demonstrated in the warehouse’s canteen, union GMB has said. Staff at the company’s Staffordshire warehouse also walked out to protest the pay offer, which has been reported to be an extra 50p an hour.
Amazon recently emailed workers saying it would be raising wages “to a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45p/h, depending on location,” but with inflation hitting 9.4 per cent in June, many workers said this wasn’t enough to cope with rising cost of living.
Stuart Richard, a spokesperson for GMB, which has members who work at Amazon, said the firm imposed the rise on staff and “the workers are saying it isn’t enough”.