Amazon rocked by first UK strike as workers walk out over pay

Amazon rocked by first UK strike as workers at web giant’s Coventry warehouse walk out over pay

Pay demands: Workers at Amazon’s Coventry warehouse are set to walk out in protest against a pay rise

Amazon workers are staging their first ever strike in the UK in a dispute over pay.

Members of the GMB union at the company’s warehouse in Coventry will walk out today in protest against a pay rise which the union said is worth 50p an hour.

Stuart Richards, GMB senior organiser, said: ‘They’re [the workers] taking on one of the world’s biggest companies to fight for a decent standard of living.

‘After six months of ignoring all requests to listen to workers’ concerns, GMB urges Amazon UK bosses to do the right thing and give workers a proper pay rise.’

An Amazon spokesman said: ‘Only a fraction of 1pc of our UK employees voted in the ballot – and that includes those who voted against industrial action. 

We appreciate the great work our teams do throughout the year and we’re proud to offer competitive pay which starts at a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 per hour.’