Amazon: Unionized Coventry workers declare an extension of their strike

A man holds a sign during a rally in support of Amazon workers' on strike, outside the Amazon warehouse, in Covent...

An Amazon distribution center's unionized employees have announced additional strikes in a pay dispute.

The Coventry warehouse's 350 employees were the first in the UK to engage in industrial action against the colossus of online retail last month.

Despite not being recognized by Amazon, the GMB union is requesting a pay increase from £10.50 to £15 per hour.

Amazon had previously claimed to provide competitive pay that had increased by 29% since 2018 in addition to other benefits.

Because the tech giant does not recognise the union, it does not enter pay negotiations with its representatives.

GMB announced further strike dates to the employer at 13:00 GMT. On February 28, March 2, and for one week from March 13 to 17, there will be industrial action.

The union branded Amazon's 5 percent pay rise offer, worth about 50p an hour, "derisory" and workers also spoke to the BBC about "severe" conditions including constant monitoring and having toilet breaks timed.

Amazon said its "performance management tool" was paused when employees were not logged in at their station.

People hold up signs during a rally outside the Amazon warehouse, in Coventry, Britain, on 25 January 2023
Hundreds of workers in Coventry walked out in January in a row over pay.

About 1,500 people are employed at the Coventry site, where Amazon stock is scanned and sent out to fulfilment centres to then be shipped to consumers.

When employees based there walked out on 25 January, they became the first Amazon workers to strike in the UK.

The GMB union is also holding discussions about whether to ballot about 200 of its members working at Amazon's centre in Tilbury, Essex, for strike action.

Amazon's global sales and profits soared as Covid restrictions forced people to shop online.  Between 2019 and 2020, profits nearly doubled to $21.3bn (£17.2bn) and rose again the following year to $33.3bn.

However, on 5 January it announced plans to cut more than 18,000 jobs worldwide to save costs.

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