A three-day strike is set to cause disruption during Amazon’s Prime Day Sale. Around 900 workers at a UK warehouse have announced a three-day strike following a conflict over pay. The strike is timed such that two days, that is, 11 and 12 July will coincide with the Sale event.
Work will be boycotted for two hours each in the morning and evening on all three days. However, customers are not likely to be affected in any way.
The disgruntled workers at the warehouse in Coventry have been demanding that they be paid £15 per hour, whereas the minimum starting pay at Amazon is £11 to 12 an hour, based on their location.
Two weeks ago, Amazon workers in Germany’s Leipzig had also boycotted work for 48 hours demanding better pay. The company, however, had maintained that it offers its workers one of the best workplaces to work in, along with competitive pay.
Protests and walk-outs have become frequent at Amazon of late. In May this year, there was a walkout in protest of return-to-work. Amazon employees for climate justice (AECJ) and Amazon’s remote advocacy community leaders had called for a walk-out, with approximately 1,816 employees worldwide and 873 in Seattle pledging to participate. They emphasised the need for employees to have a say in decisions that impact their lives, such as the return-to-work mandate and the company’s role in exacerbating the climate crisis.