Striking Amazon staff say they were marked no shows

Amazon workers in Coventry who took strike action on Wednesday have said the company marked them as a “no show”.

The GMB union says it has has demanded answers from Amazon, saying properly mandated industrial action should not be classed as unauthorised absence.

Around 350 workers at the company’s Coventry warehouse walked in a dispute over pay.

The union says that workers are now worried they will be fined, or even face a gross misconduct charge.

Amazon said it respected workers’ right to lawfully strike, which had been “clearly communicated”.

It said non-attendance was “not being considered as part of any absence review”.

GMB said it is now demanding clarity from the company.

One worker said: “’It makes me fear for my job as it is considered gross misconduct. I feel targeted for taking legal industrial action.”

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

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