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>> Hundreds of Amazon warehouse workers go on strike, workers claim to be treated as slaves, and strikes involve multiple UK warehouses;
>> Workers protested in the cafeteria of the warehouse, with a video of the strike;
Hundreds of Amazon Tilbury warehouse workers went on strike on Thursday over a wage dispute, the British union GMB said. Staff at the Coventry and Bristol warehouses also resigned.
The campaign, which spread to warehouses BHX4 in Coventry, BHX1 near Ruggley and BRS1 outside Bristol in the southwest, is a sign of British workers' dissatisfaction with soaring inflation and working conditions.
Dissatisfaction has begun to spread in Amazon's largest UK warehouse after Amazon proposed a £0.35-an-hour increase in workers' wages. Employees at the Tilbury plant immediately stopped working and protested in the warehouse's cafeteria. Workers want a £2 pay rise to meet soaring inflation for better living conditions.
A worker at the Tilbury warehouse said: "This 'meaningless' raise doesn't make any difference in their lives. We are not treated as workers, but as slaves. We are in A lot of threats to this place. They threaten to verbally warn you to 'take leave', go to the toilet or drink water. What kind of minion mentality is that?"
(Image: Google; Amazon workers in Tilbury, Essex)
Protest outside LCY2 warehouse)
"Amazon is one of the most profitable companies on the planet, and they're well-positioned to offer higher pay as household costs continue to climb," said Steve Garrelick, regional organizer for logistics and gig economy at the GMB Alliance. Refusing to work with unions to provide fair pay, they violate workers' rights by signing short-term contracts with workers."
In fact, Amazon has long faced criticism from workers in many countries over pay and working conditions.
According to media reports, nearly 1,000 ambulance calls have been made to 24 Amazon warehouses since 2018, including 178 visits to Tilbury. Nearly 50 serious injuries were recorded at the Essex warehouse between 2017 and 2019. According to feedback from Amazon workers, workers fall asleep standing up during long shifts.
Workers from industries including rail, aviation and telecommunications have gone on strike in Britain in recent months as wage growth has lagged commodity prices. At present, the number of strikers at Amazon's UK warehouses has covered thousands of people. Although it is impossible to predict how long the follow-up strikes will last, Amazon, as the world's largest e-commerce platform, should reasonably solve the needs of workers and protect the rights and interests of workers. As well as pension, insurance and other benefits.
(Source: Google; Amazon’s LCY2 warehouse in Tilbury, Essex)
According to the feedback from the front line, currently only the scheduled listing of the LCY2 warehouse will be affected, and other warehouses will remain normal. However, due to the instability of the workers' strike sentiment and the development of the situation, it is impossible to determine whether other Amazon warehouse workers will also participate in the strike and thus affect the overall storage time. We will always pay attention to the latest developments.