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Unions protest over "inhuman" Amazon working conditions

Amazon has come under fire for poor working conditions Credit: PA

The GMB union is organising protests outside five Amazon warehouses today, to highlight what they call "inhuman" working conditions at the retail giant.

It comes on one of the year's busiest periods for Amazon, with Black Friday shopping reaching a peak for many companies today.

Protests will be held outside the company's warehouses in Rugeley, Peterborough, Milton Keynes, Warrington, and Swansea.

"We're standing up and saying enough is enough. You'd think making the workplace safer so people aren't carted out of the warehouse in an ambulance is in everyone's interest, but Amazon seemingly have no will to get round the table with us.

Working people and the communities Amazon operates in deserve better than this. That's what we're campaigning for."

– General secretary Tim Roache, GMB

"Amazon has created in the UK more than 25,000 good jobs with a minimum of £9.50 an hour and in the London area, £10.50 an hour on top of industry-leading benefits and skills training opportunities.

All of our sites are safe places to work and reports to the contrary are simply wrong. According to the UK Government's Health and Safety Executive, Amazon has over 40% fewer injuries on average than other transportation and warehousing companies in the UK.

We encourage everyone to compare our pay, benefits and working conditions to others and come see for yourself on one of the public tours we offer every day at our centres across the UK."

– Amazon statement