Hundreds of UK workers walk out over pay, union says

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 provide better working conditions and fair wages. Its repeated use of short-term contracts is designed to undermine workers’ rights,” the union said Thursday.

According to the GMB, 800 workers walked out of the warehouse on Wednesday and Thursday to protest a pay rise of 35 pence per hour, with the union demanding a raise of two pounds (2.38 euros) to meet the increase in the cost of living and to better meet job requirements.

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

In recent months, workers in different sectors, including railways, airlines and telecommunications, have staged strikes in Britain as wage increases lag behind rising prices.

(Muvija M report, French version Augustin Turpin, edited by Kate Entringer)

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