Amazon warehouse workers are forced to urinate in bottles or give up their toilets altogether because enforcement demands are too high, according to journalist James Bloodworth, who worked undercover as an Amazon worker for his book Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain. According to reports, the targets increased exponentially, according to the workers in a new survey revealed during the weekend, and as a result, they feel pressured and stressed to meet the new objectives.
Workers who pick up products to deliver at a warehouse in Staffordshire, UK, use bottles instead of the current toilet, which is located too far away, Bloodworth said. Therefore, they are afraid of being disciplined for remaining inactive and losing their jobs, he added. Bloodworth told The Sun in an interview that the store looked like a prison or an airport, with high-security scanners that check workers for prohibited items like sweatshirts, sunglasses and phones, and other employees who caress workers to check if there are stolen goods.
55 percent of workers report having suffered depression since working at Amazon
Bloodworth's findings are in line with the first-hand accounts compiled in the labor rights platform survey Organize, which reported that 74 percent of workers avoid using the bathroom for fear of being warned that they did not reach their goal . The increasing targets have also affected the mental health of employees, since 55 percent of them say they have suffered depression since working at Amazon. More than 80 percent of workers said they would not apply again for a job at Amazon.
Apparently, Amazon does not allow employees enough time for breaks, let alone days of illness, and that also includes people who may be pregnant. "From your point of view, we have no right to be sick," wrote a worker who is anonymous in the Organize survey. Another worker said that although they had presented a sick note because they were sick, their supervisor still called a meeting to discuss their behavior. An anonymous source close to the situation told The Verge that Amazon did not monitor bathroom breaks and offered private health insurance to its employees.
"I had an attack at work, I was still marked, not call, do not show."
"They hurt me at work and they took me to the hospital." The next day, someone called me and asked me why I was not working, I explained, but it was still marked, "do not call, do not show", He wrote another employee from a different warehouse in the United Kingdom.
The workers described the breaks as a 30-minute unpaid break and two paid 15-minute breaks, which is a structure similar to what many US state labor laws require. UU With respect to breaks. But despite having legally compatible rest times, the workers noticed that they had to walk quite far from their main work area to the rest area, which greatly diminished the amount of time they had left to rest.
Amazon said in a statement to The Verge, "Amazon offers a safe and positive workplace for thousands of people across the UK with a competitive salary and benefits from the first day. We have not been provided with confirmation that people who completed the survey worked on Amazon and we do not recognize these allegations as an accurate description of the activities in our buildings. "
The company continued: "We focused on ensuring that we provide an excellent environment for all our employees and last month, Amazon was named by LinkedIn as the [seventh] most wanted place to work in the UK and ranked first in the US Amazon also offers public visits to its compliance centers so that customers can see first-hand what happens after they click on "buy" on Amazon. "