Amazon delivery drivers in the UK have reported a significant drop in pay since the pandemic, with many struggling to make ends meet.
A report from The Guardian reveals that pay rates are currently £14.60 per hour, about £2 an hour less, or 12% below rates in October and November during the Black Friday and pre-Christmas boom.
Drivers told the publication that their pay was cut back in December and others in January or February, despite a shortage of skilled workers across the country.
They also claim to have suffered a pay cut equivalent to an average of £20 a day from the temporary “peak” rates introduced in October despite being required to deliver up to 60 more parcels per shift.
In addition, many complained that petrol payments have not increased to reflect soaring fuel prices, further impacting their bottom line.
A petition calling on the ecommerce giant to review pay rates by Organise has attracted more than 39,000 signatures, more than 250 of whom are Amazon workers.
“As delivery drivers we are exhausted, we’ve worked tirelessly through a pandemic only to come out of the other side and receive a kick in the teeth,” the petition says.
“We’re in quite a different world now than we were last summer, and even if the salary now is the same [per hour] as it was then, this is a real-terms pay cut in the face of soaring inflation and rising petrol prices, that is only likely to become more untenable in the coming months,” Organise global network lead Pavlina Draganova said.
Speaking to The Guardian, a delivery driver named Tom said: “All of us are constantly terrified of never having enough money to survive. It really is the most toxic industry.”
“Delivery service providers offer drivers incentives at different times and locations throughout the year to meet operational needs and this is clearly communicated to them at the time,” Amazon told The Guardian.
“To suggest the end of these incentives are cuts to drivers’ earnings is wrong.
“We are committed to ensuring that the people contracted by our independent delivery providers are fairly compensated and are treated with respect, and this is reflected by the positive feedback we receive from drivers every day.”