Amazon workers are set to stage fresh six-day strikes in an escalation in a dispute over pay, the GMB union has announced.

The union said more than 500 of its members at the online giant’s site in Coventry will walk out for three days from April 16 and again from April 21 to April 23.

GMB has warned this summer could be the season of “strike chaos” at Amazon. It comes after a series of walkouts earlier this year.

Amanda Gearing, GMB senior organiser, said: “Industrial action is growing and this could fast become a summer of strike chaos at Amazon.

“Three months ago Amazon told our members there was no money left for pay rises, yet through pressure, campaigning and strike action we’ve forced Amazon to sit up and take notice.

“Six further days of strike action in Coventry is a clear statement from our members they are worth more; they will not accept a pay rise of pennies from one of the world’s wealthiest corporations.

“With workers at five further sites starting ballots for industrial action this month, it’s clear Amazon need to urgently get serious and talk pay with GMB now.”

New ballots for industrial action have been launched at five new sites – Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, Coalville and Kegworth in Leicestershire, Rugelely in Staffordshire and Rugby in Warwickshire.

This story is being updated.

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