Up to 100 workers at Amazon’s flagship fulfillment center in Birmingham, England, have voted to strike on Jan. 25, according to the GMB Union. The strike is in response to concerns over pay and work conditions at the warehouse, which opened in October.
This strike comes one year after the first official industrial action at a U.K. Amazon warehouse in Coventry, England. In November, over 1,000 workers at the Coventry warehouse also went on strike due to a pay dispute.
“Our union and end poverty pay,” stated GMB Organizer Rachel Fagan.
Amazon responded to the strike announcement by stating that only 19 GMB members out of its total of 2,000 workers at the Birmingham site voted in favor of industrial action. The company assured that the strike will not cause any disruption to customers.
The spokesperson from Amazon highlighted their efforts to regularly review and increase pay, resulting in a 20% raise over two years and a 50% increase since 2018. They also emphasized the company’s commitment to providing great benefits, a positive work environment, and excellent career opportunities.
While the strike is set to take place, Amazon maintains that they are focused on meeting customer demands and addressing worker concerns.