Reuters reported that more than 700 warehouse workers at an Amazon warehouse in the UK this week protested over a pay rise, with the GMB, the union representing workers at Tilbury, offering a 34p rise. .
“Amazon is one of the most profitable companies in the world, and with the cost of living rising, all they can do is pay a decent salary,” Steve Karelik, regional organizer for the GMB, told the ABC. Shortly after Amazon delivered news that it would not meet the demands of their protesting union and that management was reportedly “taking back” the facility’s food services, workers said they would be fired if they left the building.
The GMB launched a campaign in 2013 for higher pay and better health standards for UK Amazon warehouse workers, calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the company’s labor practices. Amazon does not endorse the GMB conglomerate in Tilbury or any of its other UK warehouses.
Dozens of Amazon workers at another UK warehouse in Rugeley also walked out yesterday over a pay dispute, and “Amazon Rugeley announced a 50p pay rise, citing the local average wage rate/Rugeley.
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