The GMB union claim has made a formal demand to Amazon that would see its minimum hourly rate increase to £15 per hour from the current location dependent minimum of £10.50 or £11.45 per hour it pays to workers at its warehouses across the UK. Strike action has been threatened if Amazon does not agree to GMB and its workers’ demands. Amazon, however, does not recognise UK unions.
Disenchanted staff have already staged walk-outs, go-slow protests, and sit-ins in canteens this week in a coordinated campaign of action. This follows the unofficial industrial actions of hundreds of workers last week who stopped work in protest after a 35p per hour wage increase had been offered by Amazon.
Andy Prendergast, GMB national secretary said: “Amazon workers deserve a decent pay rise. They are the backbone of the company – one of the most profitable on earth. When the high street was shut down through Covid, Amazon continued to make money. The least it can do is share those profits with their workers”.