Amazon Could Land In Trouble As UK Packaging Workers Voted To Strike Amid Biggest Holiday Season

Amazon Could Land In Trouble As UK Packaging Workers Voted To Strike Amid Biggest Holiday Season
  • Almost 1,000 staff at packaging producer DS Smith voted to strike over pay in a move their union said will affect clients of the U.K. firm, including Amazon.com Inc AMZN at one of the busiest times for retail purchases, Bloomberg reported.
  • Employees at five DS Smith sites across Britain could walk out before the end of this month, according to an email from the GMB union, which said that 93% of members had backed industrial action.
  • Amazon may face a shortage of packaging when fulfilling orders from the Black Friday shopping period as a result of the dispute, the GMB said. Other DS Smith customers include drinks giants PepsiCo, Inc PEP and Diageo Plc DEO, McVities biscuits, and KP snacks.
  • The strike ballot followed DS Smith's proposal of a 3% salary increase plus a £760 payment for 2022-2023, according to the union, which says the offer represents a "massive real terms pay cut" with U.K. inflation in double figures.
  • In the U.S, at ALB1, the retailer's fulfillment center in Castleton-on-Hudson near the state's capital Albany, employees voted 406 to 206 against joining the Amazon Labor Union in the company's fourth such contest of the year.
  • In 2021, Amazon criticized unions in bathroom signage and workshops.
  • Amazon recently raised its U.S. average starting pay for front-line staff.
  • Price Action: AMZN shares closed lower by 0.49% at $90.53 on Monday.
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