Fact Service February 2023

Amazon strikers ‘marked down as no-shows’

Amazon workers who mounted the first ever UK strike at the company have been marked as “no shows” by the company – effectively an unauthorised absence – GMB reports.

Around 350 workers at the company’s Coventry warehouse walked out last week (see last issue).

GMB reports that they are now worried they will be fined, or even face a gross misconduct charge. Properly mandated industrial action gives workers the legal right to withdraw their labour.

“We hope and believe this is just an error on Amazon’s part, rather than an attempt to intimidate workers taking legal industrial action,” Stuart Richards, GMB national organiser, commented.

“But Amazon need to sort it out and quick. Coventry workers did an incredibly brave thing taking on one of the world’s biggest companies. Now it feels like they’re being bullied.”

GMB says it is seeking clarity from the company.