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UK Amazon workers set for seven more strikes as pay row continues

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Unionised UK Amazon employees have revealed plans for seven more strike days as a row continues over pay.

The GMB union has confirmed its members in Coventry will strike on 28 February, 2 March, and between 13 and 17 March.

Members met last Thursday to discuss the next steps in its industrial action, following a strike in January that saw over 350 employees at the retailer's Coventry distribution walk out.

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The union is pressing Amazon to pay its employees £15 per hour to help with the rising cost of living.

GMB senior organiser Amanda Gearing said: “They work for one of the richest companies in the world, yet they have to work round the clock to keep themselves afloat.

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“It’s sickening that Amazon workers in Coventry will earn just 8p above the national minimum wage in April 2023.

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“Amazon bosses can stop this industrial action by doing the right thing and negotiating a proper pay rise with workers.”

In response to the ongoing industrial action, Amazon said: “We appreciate the great work our teams do throughout the year and we’re proud to offer competitive pay which starts at a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 per hour, depending on location.

“This represents a 29 percent increase in the minimum hourly wage paid to Amazon employees since 2018.

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“Employees are also offered comprehensive benefits that are worth thousands more-including private medical insurance, life assurance, subsidised meals and an employee discount, to name a few.”

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