AMAZON workers rose up against billionaire Jeff Bezos in a series of walkouts yesterday after he gave them a derisory 35p-an-hour pay rise.
Angry staff at his vast distribution centres have vowed to continue action today by blocking lorries to cause “total mayhem” to the online giant’s supply network, Die son kan onthul.
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Gister, hundreds of workers staged a walk-out at the company’s biggest distribution centre in Tilbury, Essex, and began a canteen sit-in.
There were angry scenes as bosses tried to persuade them to get back to work and warned them they would not be paid for when they were on strike.
As news spread among Amazon personeel, it sparked similar scenes at Rugeley Distribution Centre, near Lichfield, Staffs, and then at its Coventry site.
Unrest began on Wednesday afternoon when staff heard they were getting a rise of just 35p an hour despite the worsening cost of living crisis.
The GMB union said workers were seeking a £2-an-hour rise to better match the demands of their job and cope with the crisis.
The action is estimated to have affected the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Amazon parcels and will cause disruption for days.
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Footage shows angry staff at the Tilbury Amazon LCY2 centre, which is the company’s second biggest in the world.
And there were even claims that workers were being threatened with disciplinary action if they were caught filming or writing on social media about it.
One worker told The Sun: “This is a huge fight. We’re rising up. We plan to block the gates here at Tilbury early in the morning so lorries can’t leave.
“Something has got to give. We’re so angry.“
In Rugeley, the protests have caused delays to more than 100,000 parcels.
Sources at Amazon said it supported the right to protest and said nobody had been disciplined.
A spokesperson for Amazon said: “Starting pay for Amazon employees will be increasing to a minimum of between £10.50 and £11.45 an hour depending on location.”