Amazon: Hundreds of UK employees were protesting over pay issues, union says

Amazon: Hundreds of UK employees were protesting over pay issues, union says

LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of Amazon employees working at a warehouse in Tilbury, southeastern England, have walked out in protest over pay, the GMB union said.

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

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

According to the GMB, 800 workers walked out of the warehouse on Wednesday and Thursday to protest against a salary increase of 35 pence per hour, the union asking for an increase of two pounds (2.38 euros) to cope with the increased cost of living and to better meet the requirements of the position.

The American technology giant, which has 70,000 employees in the UK, said in an email that the starting salary would be raised to a minimum of between 10.50 and 11.45 pounds per hour.

In recent months, workers in various sectors, including railways, airlines and telecommunications, have staged strikes in Britain, as wage increases are out of step with rising prices.

(Reporting by Muvija M, French version Augustin Turpin, editing by Kate Entringer)

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