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Amazon urged to reverse cuts to staff wages by Jon Cruddas

Amazon saw its profits triple during the coronavirus pandemic 

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham is calling on Amazon to reverse its decision to lower some workers pay.

Yard marshals, who manage hundreds of trucks and drivers at Amazon delivery stations and warehouses, were told they would face a cut to their wages in July. 

Amazon reportedly told them their hourly rate would drop from £13 to £10 starting in October. 

Jon Cruddas MP said he has been contacted by several worried constituents, including one who claimed their current wage was just enough to pay for food, car insurance and their phone bill.

He criticised the timing of the decision as Amazon has seen its profits triple during the pandemic and the country is facing a cost-of-living crisis.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas 

“When we consider the huge profits enjoyed by Amazon, allowing their CEO to launch himself into space recently, it is incredibly disappointing to hear that the company is cutting wages to some of the lowest paid workers,” said Mr Cruddas.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, faced with a rising cost of living crisis, companies should not be forcing a race to the bottom in terms of pay. In the coming days I will be liaising with trade unions and Amazon to raise my concerns about the proposals.”

Jon Cruddas said he will contact Amazon and trade unions to try and ensure the issue is rectified. 

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