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Amazon Workers Set For New Strikes In Coventry and Birmingham

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Amazon is to face additional strikes at its Coventry and Birmingham sites, says the GMB union. 

Employees at Amazon's Coventry fulfilment centre plan to strike on March 19 and 20.

Further action is scheduled at the Birmingham warehouse on March 27 and 28. 

This follows closely on the heels of a move by the union's members at Amazon to seek mandatory recognition from the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). 

This step could compel Amazon to formally acknowledge the union if most of its staff are members.

GMB Union organiser Rachel Fagan said: “Fresh strike action will be a huge blow to Amazon bosses, just days after workers made their bid for union recognition.

“Now two Amazon sites will take strike action this spring to force the company to listen to workers.”

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She continued: “Amazon bosses may have hoped this campaign would fade away, but instead union membership at Amazon has exploded as more and more workers are standing up to demand Amazon listens.

“When Amazon are ready to listen, the message they’ll hear is simple; £15 an hour and union rights for UK Amazon workers.”

The strike call reflects ongoing discontent with pay and working conditions, a sentiment that led to initial strike actions at Amazon's newly opened Birmingham distribution centre in January. 

Workers at the Coventry site also continue their protests, following a compulsory re-ballot, in a collective effort to pressure Amazon to address their concerns.

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