Amazon workers protest over 35p pay rise

Amazon warehouse workers in Tilbury, Essex, have staged a protest and dispute over a 35p per hour pay rise.

According to trade union GMB, hundreds of warehouse workers stopped work today as a result of the move.

The union said workers are seeking a £2-an-hour rise to cope with the cost-of-living crisis, as well as better match the demands of their job.

“Amazon is one of the most profitable companies on the planet. With household costs spiralling, the least they can do is offer decent pay,” GMB regional organiser Steve Garelick said.

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“Amazon continues to reject working with trade unions to deliver better working conditions and fair pay. Their repeated use of short-term contracts is designed to undermine workers’ rights.

“The image the company likes to project, and the reality for their workers, could not be more different. They need to drastically improve pay and working conditions.”

An Amazon spokesperson told The Metro.co.uk: “Starting pay for Amazon employees will be increasing to a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45p/h, depending on location. This is for all full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary roles in the UK.

“In addition to this competitive pay, employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package that includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount among others, which combined are worth thousands annually, as well as a company pension plan.”

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