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Hundreds of Amazon staff in Essex stop work in protest at 35p pay rise

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Hundreds of Amazon employees have stopped work at the online retailer’s warehouse in Tilbury in Essex in response to a pay rise of only 35p – about 3% – compared with inflation that is expected to hit 13% later this year.The GMB union said about 700 of the roughly 3,500 employees at the site, which is one of Amazon’s largest in Europe, gathered in the facility’s canteen for a meeting as they tried to register a protest against the pay deal.It is understood workers at the facility earn a minimum of £11.10 an hour with those employed for at least three years on a minimum of £11.35.

They are calling for a £2-an-hour raise but both groups are being offered the 35p deal.One worker inside the warehouse posted a video in which they accused Amazon of treating them “like slaves”. “See people what’s going on,” the post on TikTok said. “Keep fight for us and our family”.

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