Oct 4, 2018

Amazon cutting benefits to fund pay rises, union says

Online retailing giant Amazon has been criticised for cutting benefits for UK warehouse workers, offsetting part of a pay rise announced this week. In the UK, pay will rise from £8.20 an hour in London to £10.50, while outside London the rate rises from £8 an hour to £9.50. The pay rise applies to 250,000 workers in the US, 17,000 in the UK and tens of thousands of seasonal workers. Amazon's pay rise comes after widespread strikes by workers across Europe. Amazon is also facing pressure from workers in the US, and the pay rise coincides with a cross-US movement by retail unions to raise wages to a minimum of $15 an hour, the so-called "Fight for Fifteen" movement.

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