Amazon workers are staging the first-ever strike in the UK on Wednesday against the internet giant to protest wages.
The BBC reported that around 300 employees walked out of Amazon’s Coventry warehouse, GMB Union, over what they described as an “ridiculous” 5% pay increase to £10.50 an hour.
Workers told the BBC that “harsh” working conditions were the reasons for the protest.
They claimed that they were constantly monitored and reprimanded for their “idle time” which lasted only a few minutes.
In response to the development, Amazon said it had a system that “recognizes great performance”.
But on the contrary, two Amazon workers, who are members of the GMB, said that the robots in the warehouse are “treated better than human employees.”
In a conversation with the BBC, Darren Westwood and Garfield Hilton describe how a trip to the toilet can lead to questions from managers.
“The thing about stopping work is they want to know why. So if it’s more than two minutes, they can see it on the system,” said Mr. Hilton.
Globally, the fear of robots replacing human labor continued to fuel concerns after massive job cuts and the introduction of machines.
Amazon workers disable gadgets, claim bots handle them better