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Amazon faces escalation of warehouse strikes in Birmingham

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Amazon faces escalation of warehouse strikes in Birmingham

Amazon workers are extending warehouse strikes in a new flagship fulfilment centre in Birmingham in the new year.

It follows earlier walkouts in Coventry and Rugeley this year. 

A GMB union spokesperson said the strike dates will be announced in January for the EMA4 site in Sutton Coldfield, which opened in October 2023.

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However, the union is “not ready to announce the dates yet”.

Despite the centre's recent inauguration, some workers have already voted in favour of striking. 

A source said that out of over 2,000 employees at the Sutton Coldfield site, only 34 are union members, with 19 voting for strike action.

There is also a possibility of renewed strikes at the Coventry depot, where workers participated in walkouts throughout the year. 

“Our members feel betrayed by a company that is letting low pay and unsafe working conditions become the new normal"

The GMB spokesperson mentioned re-balloting workers at Coventry will be ongoing through January. 

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GMB organiser Amanda Gearing said: “Company bosses are hoping they can bury their heads in the sand − but the truth is industrial relations at Amazon UK are in chaos.

“Amazon Minworth [in Sutton Coldfield] opened its doors just weeks ago and workers have already voted to join strike action. 

“Our members feel betrayed by a company that is letting low pay and unsafe working conditions become the new normal.

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“After the Black Friday strikes, we’re seeing industrial action snowballing and Amazon is surely set to face a winter of strike chaos.”

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An Amazon spokesperson said: “We regularly review our pay to ensure we offer competitive wages and benefits. 

“By April 2024, our minimum starting pay will have increased to £12.30 and £13 per hour depending on location, that’s a 20% increase over two years and 50% since 2018.

“We also work hard to provide great benefits, a positive work environment and excellent career opportunities. 

“These are just some of the reasons people want to come and work at Amazon, whether it’s their first job, a seasonal role or an opportunity for them to advance their career.”

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