Amazon workers are set to strike again as the ongoing battle for a pay rise to £15 an hour and better working conditions continues.


Amazon faces more strikes in April

Striking workers in Coventry will walk out again in April, bringing the total number of strike days at the site to 14.

More than 560 workers at the Coventry depot will go on strike for six days between the dates of April 16-18 and 21-23.

The amount of workers choosing to strike is increasing as members have been reaching out to other Amazon employees to gain momentum. 

Hundreds of GMB members will begin fresh ballots for industrial action at fulfilment centres in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, Coalville and Kegworth in Leicestershire, Rugeley in Staffordshire and Rugby in Warwickshire.

The ballots will run for several weeks starting March 31 and will ask members if they are willing to strike over a recent 50p pay rise announced by Amazon.

With the number of members increasing as the walkouts continue, GMB believes it is getting closer to the 50% membership that would allow it to apply for statutory recognition. Amazon has so far not recognised the strikes, which have been ongoing since January.

GMB senior organiser Amanda Gearing said: “Industrial action is growing and this could fast become a summer of strike chaos at Amazon.” 

“Three months ago, Amazon told our members there was no money left for pay rises, yet through pressure, campaigning and strike action we’ve forced Amazon to sit up and take notice. 

“Six further days of strike action in Coventry is a clear statement from our members that they are worth more; they will not accept a pay rise of pennies from one of the world’s wealthiest corporations. 

“With workers at five further sites starting ballots for industrial action this month, it’s clear Amazon needs to urgently get serious and talk about pay with GMB now.”

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