Amazon warehouse workers to strike for three days next week, clashing with Prime Day sales

Hundreds of Amazon workers at a Coventry warehouse will walk out next week in a long-running dispute over pay. 

The strike will take place from 11 July to 13 July for two hours in the morning and two in the evening on each of the three days.

The walkout by members of the GMB union coincides with a Prime Day sale Amazon announced for 11-12 July.

In June, the union said the Coventry warehouse workers had voted for six more months of strikes following a string of industrial action.

GMB members are calling for at least £15 an hour to help with the cost of living crisis.

Starting pay for Amazon employees is between £11 and £12 per hour, depending on the location.

“GMB members in Coventry have time and time again shown that this fight will only end with £15 an hour and union rights,” GMB senior organiser Rachel Fagan said.

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Why are Amazon workers on strike?

The Coventry site, which does not provide customer-facing operations, became Amazon’s first in the UK to witness walkouts in January.

Amazon said as the Coventry warehouse does not directly serve customer orders there will be no disruption to customers.

Amazon is expected to record about £5.5bn ($7bn) in revenue from its Prime Day sales, an increase of 12% from what was reported for Prime Day last year, according to JPMorgan.

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