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Amazon sees protests at UK warehouse and London headquarters as unionization vote continues

Amazon sees protests at UK warehouse and London headquarters as unionization vote continues
Amazon sees protests at UK warehouse and London headquarters as unionization vote continues

Digital retail giant Amazon is facing protests at its UK warehouses this week over a dispute over workers’ rights and support for unionisation.

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Protests are taking place in locations across England, Wales and Scotland, coinciding with workers at Amazon’s Coventry warehouse voting this week to force Amazon to recognise a trade union for the first time in the UK.

Another meeting outside the London headquarters is attended by TUC assistant general secretary Kate Bell, along with Amazon workers and supporters.

The vote in Coventry follows a three-week period in which union representatives were granted access to Amazon’s local distribution centre by the government’s Central Arbitration Committee.

More than 3,000 workers will participate in the vote. If the majority votes yes, Amazon will have to negotiate wages, terms and conditions with the GMB Union. The voting period ends on July 13, with results expected on July 15.

Andy Prendergast, national secretary of the GMB union, claimed workers were facing “poverty wages and unsafe conditions”.

But an Amazon spokesperson said workers have the choice to join or not join a union, and that the company offers competitive wages and benefits. The minimum starting salary has increased to £12.30 and £13 an hour, depending on location.

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