Amazon warehouse workers in Coventry are poised to go on a week-long strike as they continue their push for better pay.

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Amazon warehouse staff in Coventry plan seven days of industrial action

Approximately 350 staff at a fulfilment centre in the West Midlands are set to go on strike on February 28, March 2 and March 13-17. 

It is the second strike organised by the GMB union. Amazon Coventry workers went on strike last month, which was the first time that had happened in the UK.

The GMB is calling for a pay rise to £15 per hour after raising concerns about severe conditions and long hours.

GMB senior organiser Amanda Gearing said: “This unprecedented week-long strike shows the anger among Amazon workers in Coventry. 

“They work for one of the richest companies in the world, yet they have to work round the clock to keep themselves afloat.  

“It’s sickening that Amazon workers in Coventry will earn just eight pence above the National Minimum Wage in April 2023. 

“Amazon bosses can stop this industrial action by doing the right thing and negotiating a proper pay rise with workers.”

The union is not recognised by Amazon.

An Amazon spokesperson said those taking strike action are only a small proportion of the workforce in Coventry.

They said: “We’re proud to offer competitive pay which starts at a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 per hour, depending on location. This represents a 29% increase in the minimum hourly wage paid to Amazon employees since 2018.”

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