A demonstration outside Amazon’s Swindon depot aims to show solidarity with striking staff in another part of the country.

The GMB union has organised a demo at the Symmetry Park site from 5pm on Wednesday to support the industrial action that colleagues in Coventry are currently carrying out.

More than 1,000 workers in Coventry have walked out to protest the £1 pay rise workers have reportedly been offered as they head into the busiest time of the year.

Some of these employees will be joining the Swindon demo today to talk about mobilisation and how to plan strike action.

Later this month, Black Friday on November 24 is being targeted for strike action internationally as well as in the Midlands.

GMB organiser David McMullen said: “Amazon workers in Coventry have made history by being the first in the UK to stand up to Jeff Bezos by taking action.

“But it’s not just in the Midlands where members are being underpaid, and we aim to highlight this in Swindon on Wednesday.

“Amazon bosses would do well to pay attention to our members’ concerns, or this strike action will be repeated up and down the country.”

The current minimum starting pay for Swindon staff is £12.50 per hour. From April 2024, that will increase to £13 an hour. The company says this represents a £170m investment in pay and means that Amazon’s minimum starting pay will have risen by 20 per cent in two years, and 50 per cent since 2018.

A spokesperson for Amazon said: "We offer competitive pay, comprehensive benefits, opportunities for career growth, all while working in a safe, modern, work environment.

"At Amazon, these benefits and opportunities come with the job, as does the ability to communicate directly with the leadership of the company.”