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    Amazon workers at Coventry warehouse set further strike dates

    Amazon workers hold GMB union placards on the picket line as they hold a strike outside the Amazon fulfilment centre on January 25, 2023 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    Workers at the Amazon warehouse in Coventry will walk out for seven further days in an escalation of a dispute over pay, their trade union said on Monday.

    Last month GMB union members at the warehouse staged the first ever strike at the US e-commerce giant’s operations in Britain.

    GMB said more than 350 staff at Coventry warehouse would now take further industrial action on Feb. 28, March 2 and March 13-17.

    “Amazon bosses can stop this industrial action by doing the right thing and negotiating a proper pay rise with workers,” GMB senior organiser Amanda Gearing said in the statement.

    Amazon, which employs 75,000 people across the UK, did not immediately respond to request for a comment.

    It has previously said it already offers competitive pay and comprehensive benefits.

    The company increased starting pay by 50 pence to a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 per hour last year, compared with a government mandated National Living Wage which will rise to £10.42 an hour from April.

    GMB has said the Amazon Coventry workers are demanding £15 an hour, to help cope with surging inflation and a cost-of-living crisis which has sparked strikes across a range of different sectors in Britain over the last few months.

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