Union members to demonstrate outside Amazon Swindon Fulfilment Centre

By Barrie Hudson - 7 November 2023

  • The fulfilment centre

    The fulfilment centre

GMB union members will demonstrate today outside Amazon’s Swindon depot in solidarity with strike action taking place in Coventry.

The demonstration, set for 5pm later today - 8 November - is intended to highlight what the union describes as a derisory pay rise workers have been offered as they head into the busiest time of the year.

More than 1000 Amazon workers are taking action in Coventry, some of whom will be joining the demo to talk with fellow workers in Swindon about mobilisation and how to plan strike action.

GMB says Amazon has offered workers a £1 pay rise, having spent millions of pounds fighting their own workers over union rights at the company.

This time of year is particularly busy, with Black Friday - 24 November - being targeted for strike action internationally as well as in the Midlands.

GMB Organisers David McMullen said: “Amazon workers in Coventry have made history by being the first in the UK to stand up to [Amazon boss] Jeff Bezos by taking action.

“But it’s not just in the Midlands where members are being underpaid and we aim to highlight this in Swindon this Wednesday.

“Amazon bosses would do well to pay attention to our members’ concerns, or this strike action will be repeated up and down the country.”

In response to the industrial action, Amazon has insisted it offers competitive pay and benefits.

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