A whole bunch of Amazon warehouse employees are strolling out over pay, a UK union says

The Amazon logo is seen at the company’s logistics center in Boves, France, in 2018. August 8 REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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LONDON, August 4. (Reuters) – Hundreds of Amazon workers walked out of a warehouse in Tilbury, southeast England, in protest over pay, union GMB said. strike in several sectors.

Amazon, which dominates the online retail market, has come under fire from workers in many countries over pay and conditions.

“Amazon continues to reject cooperation with unions to secure better working conditions and fair wages. Their repeated use of short-term contracts is designed to undermine workers’ rights,” the union said Thursday.

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The GMB said 800 workers walked out of the warehouse on Wednesday and Thursday over a 35 pence an hour pay rise, with the union seeking a two pound ($2.44) increase to cope with higher living costs and better meet the demands of the job. .

The US tech giant, which has 70,000 employees in the UK, said in an email that starting wages would rise to a minimum of £10.50 an hour to £11.45.

Workers across industries including rail, airlines and telecoms have staged strikes in Britain in recent months as wage growth lags behind commodity price rises.

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Report by Muvija M; edited by William James and Kate Holton

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