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Watch: Amazon Warehouse Staff Stage First UK Strike Citing Pay Concerns, WaPo Trims Staff Soon After Jeff Bezos Visit

#AmazonStike Amazing scenes and speakers at the Amazon Coventry Strike. So many people have taken action with their feet, joined the @GMB_union and shown such strength and courage #GMBandProud- Twitter

On Wednesday, Amazon employees will stage the nation’s first-ever walkout to protest against the online retailer. According to Britain’s GMB union, about three hundred employees at Amazon’s warehouse in Coventry went on strike in protest of a “derisory” 5% pay increase to £10.50 per hour and improved working conditions.

Workers staged a walkout over pay, the first time the American tech company has experienced strike activity in its operations in Britain. Amazon reported that 178 of the warehouse’s 2,000 employees had approved of going on strike.

On Wednesday morning as employees reported for work, union members urged them to assist their coworkers. As the strike began, some employees lined up to join the union by signing up at a GMB tent. A minute after midnight, the 24-hour strike action got underway. According to a worker, workers were being treated “like robots — no, robots are treated better.” he said.

The strike is the most recent to occur in Britain, which is experiencing its worst industrial unrest since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister. Employees from important industries like nurses, ambulance drivers, rail workers, and lawyers have all staged strikes to demand higher pay.


Compared to the British minimum wage, which is set to increase to 10.42 in April, Amazon, which employs 75,000 people nationwide, increased starting pay by 50 pence to a minimum of between 10.50 and 11.45 pounds ($12.95 to $14.12) per hour last year. Workers have said that the most recent pay increase was insufficient because wage growth has lagged inflation, which peaked last year at a 41-year high of 11.1%.

On the other hand, the Washington Post became the newest media company to make layoffs on Tuesday, eliminating 20 journalism positions, following publisher-CEO Fred Ryan’s announcement last month that the newspaper would do so in the first quarter of 2023.

In a memo to staff members, The Post executive editor Sally Buzbee described the decision to eliminate the positions as “difficult” and revealed that the publication had identified 30 open positions that it will no longer fill.

The newspaper’s gaming vertical, Launcher, which debuted in 2019, was shut down because of the layoffs, according to a spokesperson for The Post. Employees affected by the layoffs are offered severance and could apply for other open positions, according to Buzbee’s memo.

The layoffs are being announced just four days after The Post’s owner, Jeff Bezos, visited the newsroom and met with Ryan and Buzbee.


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