Hundreds of workers at an Amazon warehouse in the UK downed tools on Thursday in protest at a 35 pence (~R7) hourly pay rise offer.
The GMB union said staff at the warehouse in Tilbury, southeast England, are seeking a £2-an-hour rise to help them cope with the cost of living crisis, with inflation predicted to hit 13% later in the year.
“Amazon is one of the most profitable companies on the planet,” said Steve Garelick, GMB regional organizer.
“With household costs spiraling, the least they can do is offer decent wages.
“The image that the company likes to project, and the reality for its workers, could not be different. They must drastically improve wages and working conditions,” he added.
A spokesperson for the US retail giant said that the starting pay for Amazon employees “will increase to a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 per hour, depending on location.
“This is for all full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary roles in the UK,” he added.
The action is the latest in widespread strikes across the UK, with train workers recently holding their biggest walkouts in three decades.
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Hundreds of British Amazon workers go on strike
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