Amazon workers are planning a wave of strikes as they seek better wages.

Amazon packages stacked by front door

Around 1,500 staff members joined a strike at Amazon’s Tilbury, Essex site

A string of walkouts at the retail giant’s British warehouse is expected after Amazon responded to calls for pay increases with a 35p raise.

Around 1,500 staff members joined a strike in the canteen of Amazon’s Tilbury, Essex site last Wednesday and Thursday (August 3 and 4).

Other strike action, including go-slows, also took place in Bristol, Chesterfield and Dartford, Kent.

Trade union GMB, which has members at Tilbury and other Amazon warehouses, said that workers are seeking a £2 raise in pay.

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

An Amazon spokesperson said last week: “Starting pay for Amazon employees will be increasing 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.

“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.”

The move comes after Amazon workers in the US successfully formed a union despite fierce opposition from the retailer.

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