Hundreds of Amazon warehouse workers protest wages, UK union says

The Amazon logo is seen at the company’s logistics center in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Amazon workers at a warehouse in Tilbury, south-east England, have walked out in protest over wages, the GMB union said, the latest sign of workforce discontent as which increases the cost of living. strikes in all sectors.

Amazon, which dominates the online retail market, has faced criticism from workers in many countries over wages and conditions.

“Amazon continues to refuse to work with unions to offer better working conditions and fair wages. Their repeated use of short-term contracts is designed to undermine workers’ rights,” the union said Thursday.

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GMB said 800 workers walked out of the warehouse on Wednesday and Thursday for a 35 pence an hour pay rise, with the union seeking a two pound ($2.44) rise to cope with the higher cost of living and to better meet the demands of the position. .

The US tech giant, which has 70,000 workers in the UK, said in an email that starting pay would rise to a minimum of between £10.50 an hour and £11.45.

Workers in all industries, including rail, airlines and telecommunications, have gone on strike in recent months in Britain as pay rises lag behind the rise in the price of goods.

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