As their billionaire boss Jeff Bezos, 58, swans round London, Amazon workers stroll out of their a whole bunch over 35p hourly pay rise
- Over 700 staff at Tilbury, Essex stopped working in a dispute over pay
- The walkout was sparked by the information workers would receives a commission simply 35p extra an hour
- In Essex, footage of workers who sat within the canteen and refused to work went viral
Amazon staff throughout the UK have walked out in protest over pay – whereas their billionaire boss gallivants round London together with his girlfriend.
More than 700 workers in Tilbury, Essex, have stopped work after revelations that their beginning hourly charge would rise by a measly 35p to £11.45 from £11.10.
Workers in Coventry, Bristol and Rugeley, Staffordshire, have additionally protested to safe greater pay. But the most important incident occurred in Essex the place footage of workers who sat within the canteen and refused to work went viral on social media.
One employee from Tilbury mentioned that these within the warehouse had been anxious for a while about their pay due to growing payments at house and since that they had been anticipating a ‘substantial increase’ of at the very least £1 an hour.
‘We have been there for them during the pandemic and made sure the country was connected. Amazon was one of the ways Covid tests were sent out to people and we have been there and made sure the country was running,’ he mentioned.
The information got here as Amazon boss Jeff Bezos (proper), who’s value round £137billion, was noticed restaurant hopping round London as a part of a lavish journey together with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez (left)
Amazon staff throughout the nation have stopped working in a dispute over pay. Footage of workers who sat in a canteen and refused to work in Essex went viral
‘For all this just getting 35p, it’s an insult. It’s like 3 per cent in contrast with skyrocketing inflation and it’s nearly like getting a pay minimize. I get stressed and anxious simply serious about excessive vitality payments and that 35p shouldn’t be going to cowl something.’
It got here as Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, who’s value round £137billion, was noticed restaurant hopping round London as a part of a lavish journey together with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.
Bezos, 58, was seen with Miss Sanchez, 52, on the stylish Ham Yard Hotel in Soho earlier this week in a break that has included a non-public tour of Buckingham Palace and dinner at The Twenty Two restaurant the place Tom Cruise additionally dined. The couple have additionally been pictured strolling by means of Mayfair with Mr Bezos sporting white denims value £600 whereas Miss Sanchez was carrying a pink crocodile Hermes Birkin bag costing round £87,000.
Union bosses have referred to as for Amazon staff to get a £2-an-hour rise as hovering inflation and the price of residing squeeze proceed to chunk. The US tech and retail large noticed its UK gross sales high £23billion final yr.
GMB regional organiser Steve Garelick mentioned: ‘Amazon is one of the most profitable companies on the planet. With household costs spiralling, the least they can do is offer decent pay.
‘Amazon continues to reject working with trade unions to deliver better working conditions and fair pay.
‘Their repeated use of short-term contracts is designed to undermine workers’ rights.
‘The image the company likes to project, and the reality for their workers, could not be more different.’
Earlier this yr workers throughout the Atlantic voted to kind a union and drive the corporate to enhance its requirements on pay and breaks. But Amazon doesn’t recognise commerce unions in its UK warehouses.
A spokesman mentioned: ‘Starting pay for Amazon employees will be increasing to a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 per hour, depending on location. This is for all full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary roles in the UK.
‘In addition to this competitive pay, employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package that includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount among others, which combined are worth thousands annually, as well as a company pension plan.’