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Reports round-up: Amazon workers deliver big strike vote

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Ground workers at Heathrow Airport celebrate a pay win, while workers at church schools are praying bosses make good on a decade-old pledge
Issue 2836
Amazon Coventry unofficial walkout in August 2022. Group of workers demanding better pay from Amazon.

BHX1 Amazon workers walked out over pay in August (Picture: @BHX4_COVENTRY on Twitter)

Workers at an Amazon fulfilment centre in Coventry have voted overwhelmingly to strike against greedy bosses.

An impressive 98 percent of workers voted to strike on a 63 percent turnout.

In August of last year, hundreds of Amazon workers across Britain walked out in wildcat strikes after only being offered a 50p pay rise.

Hundreds of workers at the Coventry fulfilment centre joined the walkouts, leading to a union drive at the warehouse by the GMB union.

Dave, an Amazon worker at the Coventry fulfilment centre, told Socialist Worker, “I hope now managers see some sense and actually put a decent pay offer to us and not another slap in the face.”

  • Dave is a pseudonym

Heathrow workers score huge victory

Workers employed by Menzies at Heathrow Airport have called off further strikes as their action won an improved pay offer. The 400 Unite union members, who are ground handlers, struck for 72 hours in November, but called off a 72-hour strike planned for 16 December.

Workers were balloted and accepted a 9.5 percent increase backdated to May 2022 and a further 1 percent from January 2023.

Biffa strikers refuse to accept poor pay

Strikes by refuse workers at Wirral council in Merseyside have won a 15 percent pay rise, backdated to April 2022, according to their Unite union.

Some 200 bin workers outsourced to Biffa struck in December in a bid for a decent pay deal.

The Class 2 HGV drivers are set to see their hourly rate increase by £1.48 on top of the percentage pay rise.

And from April, the workers will see their pay increase again by between 7-9 percent depending on the RPI inflation rate.

Bosses singing from a different hymn sheet

Workers in church schools are frustrated at archbishops refusing to pay out on wage promises made a decade ago.

Staff some 6,800 church schools in England and Wales are left suffering “devastating financial hardship”, according to their Unison union.

Union analysis show less than 50 Catholic and Church of England school employers are accredited for paying the real living wage.

The Churches signed up in 2012 to pay the living wage, which would mean all workers would be getting at least £10.90 an hour, or £11.95 in London.

A common struggle

Legal advisers and court associates in dozens of courts across Britain were set to strike on Saturday of this week and Saturday of next week.

The workers, members of the PCS union, are fighting after the rollout of a computer system called Common Platform that increases workload and stress, and slashes jobs.

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