Technology Amazon workers strike in UK for the first time


Amazon workers strike in UK for the first time

Amazon union workers in the UK are striking for the first time over wages and what they call “severe” working conditions. They’ve rejected what they say is a “derisory” £0.50 pay raise (62 cents) and are demanding an increase to £15 ($18.48) an hour. 

A 98 percent majority of GMB union workers at Amazon’s Coventry fulfillment center voted in favor of the “historic” walkout and announced a strike date of January 25th earlier this year. Of 1,000 workers at the plant, 300 are unionized and expected to participate in the action. 

Amazon said in a statement that the size of the strike is “only a fraction of 1 percent of our UK employees,” according to CNBC. It added that pay has increased 29 percent since 2018 and that it made a one-time £500 payment to help workers with inflation. 

However, two employees interviewed by the BBC said Amazon’s offer last August of a small pay raise to between £10.50 and £11.45 per hour was a “smack in the mouth” considering the company’s profits and high inflation. “These people had worked two years through the pandemic, that had seen Amazon’s shares go through the roof, they had seen the profits just become unimaginable,” Darren Westwood told the BBC

They also decried the company’s work culture, saying Amazon’s warehouse robots “are treated better than us.” Westwood said that employees are monitored constantly and questioned for any idle time lasting a few minutes. He also noted that some employees work 60 hours a week to make ends meet.

In April of 2022, workers at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse voted to become the first in the US to join a union, and Amazon’s appeal failed last week. The company recently announced that it would eliminate 18,000 jobs, the majority from its retail and recruiting divisions. It has been frequently been accused of poor working conditions, notably after a warehouse collapsed in a tornado, and also faced criticism over anti-union activities

Latest news

Showtime De-Fangs Let the Right One In After a Single Season

Let the Right One In—the gorgeously bleak 2008 Swedish movie based on the 2004 Swedish horror novel—is...

AI Voice Simulator Easily Abused to Deepfake Celebrities Spouting Racism and Homophobia

Who could have possibly seen this coming? AI image generators have been used to create non-consensual pornography...

Samsung Unpacked 2023: How to watch and what you need to know

On Wednesday, Samsung will hold its Unpacked 2023 event where it will drop its latest tech. Here...

Judge tells copyright troll, “no,” he cannot continue filing piracy lawsuits from jail

Disgraced Prenda Law attorney Paul Hansmeier is serving a 14-year sentence for running a copyright entrapment scam,...

How to set up an Apple Watch

Despite how incredibly versatile the Apple Watch is, its setup process is absurdly simple. Still, there are...

The Latest Last Of Us Has Linda Ronstadt Running Up Those Charts

Last night’s episode of The Last Of Us has genre TV fans everywhere buzzing, thanks in part...

Must read

Showtime De-Fangs Let the Right One In After a Single Season

Let the Right One In—the gorgeously bleak...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you