Amazon fulfilment centre, Sutton in Ashfield (Credit: Andrew Topping)

Workers from Coventry’s Amazon fulfilment centre have gone on strike for the first time but will Nottinghamshire’s centre do the same.

Amazon workers have gone on strike for the first time ever in response to pay as they were offered 5 per cent pay rise.

Out of 1500 workers, 300 have gone on strike between 4am and 8am this morning and 4pm and 8pm this afternoon outside the Amazon fulfilment centre in Coventry.

GMB midlands said: “It is just Coventry striking at the moment but we are hoping that Sutton-in-Ashfield’s branch will follow.

“We are hoping that this strike will galvanise our union members to strike and fight for better pay.”

300 Coventry workers have gone on strike in dispute over pay as 98 per cent of GMB Union workers voted for them to go on strike.

Stuart Richards a GMB Senior Organiser said: “They have defied odds by being the first ever Amazon workers in the UK to go on strike.

“They should be proud of themselves.”

The workers have spent six months asking for a proper pay rise but after no success the strike has gone ahead.

An Amazon spokesman said that the company was “proud” of its “competitive” pay rates, alongside pointing out that workers in the UK (no including London and the South East) start pay at £10.50.

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