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By Rumeana Jahangir & PA Media, BBC News

PA Media Amazon staff members on a GMB union picket line outside the retailer's site in CoventryPA Media

Amazon staff have held strikes within the UK since early 2023

Amazon staff are anticipated to protest outdoors the agency’s warehouses within the UK in a dispute over staff’ rights.

It coincides with the beginning of a poll in a “bid to force Amazon to recognise a union for the first time” within the nation, the GMB union mentioned.

The US on-line retailer mentioned their staff “always have” the selection to hitch a union nevertheless GMB filed authorized proceedings in April in opposition to the agency, claiming they had been “engaged in widespread attempts to coerce staff to cancel their trade union membership”.

A GMB spokesman mentioned the poll’s outcomes, which had been anticipated on 15 July, might imply Amazon could be required to barter pay and situations with them.

Reuters A man holds a sign saying "I am not a robot" during a previous rally in support of Amazon workers' on strike outside the Amazon warehouse in CoventryReuters

The GMB union will maintain protests outdoors the agency’s websites in Warrington, Carlisle and London

The union has been struggling for the proper to formally symbolize Amazon staff in Coventry for greater than a decade.

It started its marketing campaign for statutory recognition 18 months in the past and there have been greater than 30 days of strike motion since early 2023.

About 3,000 staff on the Coventry website are anticipated to begin voting on Monday on whether or not to have GMB illustration.

The union may even maintain protests outdoors the agency’s websites in Warrington, Carlisle and outdoors the top workplace in London.

It follows a three-week interval throughout which union representatives got entry to the positioning by the federal government’s central arbitration committee.

Pay and situations

Andy Prendergast, nationwide secretary at GMB, mentioned staff had been involved over “pay and unsafe conditions”.

“Amazon has had every chance to do the right thing – now workers are taking things into their own hands to make work better,” he added.

A consultant for Amazon, which was was based by Jeff Bezos in 1994mentioned: “Our employees have the choice of whether or not to join a union. They always have.”

They added they “regularly review” pay, including: “Our minimum starting pay has increased to £12.30 and £13 per hour depending on location – that’s a 20% increase over two years and 50% since 2018.

“We additionally work exhausting to supply nice advantages, a optimistic work atmosphere and glorious profession alternatives.”