Amazon workers in the UK protest after receiving a pay rise of just 42 cents an hour
The GMB union said the protests had spread to other depots, The Guardian reported. Insider spoke to three workers at its warehouse in Tilbury in Essex, east of London.
Diana Beniuliene, 31, a warehouse worker, said: “Managers are treating staff like slaves. It’s stressful, I can’t sleep or eat properly.”
Managers last week told staff they would have to wait until October for a pay rise, but found out on Thursday they were raising the hourly rate by 35p (42 cents) an hour.
“A 35p raise is insulting because of our hard work. They can’t operate without us,” Beniuliene said.
She works 10-hour night shifts for an hourly rate of 11.10 ($13.40), which Insider verified. The hike brings his salary to 11.45 ($13.82) an hour.
Beniuliene says she has to pick up “very heavy” items with a maximum weight of 15 kilos per package. “Per night shift, I select about 4,000 items and they push us to do more and for them it’s still not enough,” she said.
Tilbury workers have told the company they have seven days to raise their wages by at least 3 ($3.62) an hour and will strike on August 11 if their demand is not met. not satisfied.
Giedre Simkiene, another warehouse worker in Tilbury, said: “I’m not scared. If I have to, I’ll talk to Jeff Bezos himself. If I feel pressure from management, I’d rather leave instead. than to work like a slave.”
“The working conditions are horrible. We always work under pressure and are pushed to achieve our goals,” she said.
Simkiene said the 35p pay rise made her feel “awful” as soaring inflation meant the cost of living had jumped.
A warehouse worker in Tilbury was suspended with pay on Friday, according to documents obtained by Insider, for “potential misconduct” including “violence, intimidation or abusive behavior or language”. The worker, who spoke to Insider on condition of anonymity about concerns about her job, said her manager told her she had spoken to other workers about the canteen protest. “We want unity and that doesn’t mean we can’t tell anyone to protest,” she said. An Amazon spokesperson said: “Starting pay for Amazon employees will increase to a minimum of between 10.50 and 11.45 p/h, depending on location. This applies to all part-time roles. full, part time, seasonal and temporary in the UK.” They added, “In addition to this competitive salary, employees receive a comprehensive benefits package including private medical insurance, life insurance, income protection, subsidized meals and an employee discount, among others, which combined are worth thousands of dollars a year, as well as a company pension plan.”