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Amazon warehouse workers 'make history' with first official UK strike


Brits have never been afraid to strike, and the wave of industrial action hitting various sectors over the crushing cost of living has found its way over to Amazon for the first time in the UK.

The strike among workers at a Coventry warehouse today stems from a 50p-an-hour pay rise (5 percent) to £10.50 ($12.92) back in summer, which has widely been described as "insulting" and "derisory" after staff continued to work through a pandemic that contributed significantly to Amazon's coffers.

But otherwise it is a protest against the same nightmarish scenarios heard from Amazon workers across the globe: grueling shifts, constant micromanagement and surveillance, and punishment if strict time frames are not met.

Some 300 of 1,500 staff are taking part in the balloted strike, all of them in the GMB union, a general trade union with almost 500,000 members, though reports from ...


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