Amazon has admitted that it has a problem with the working conditions of deliverymen in the United States

Amazon has admitted that it has a problem with the working conditions of deliverymen in the United States

Journalistic inquiries have revealed that shippers are forced to urinate in bottles to keep up with the large number of deliveries. The company acknowledges the problem

An Amazon warehouse (Photo by Paul Hennessy / NurPhoto via Getty Images) “We know that drivers can have trouble finding restrooms, due to traffic or on country roads, especially in Covid period, when many toilets were closed ". Amazon admits the problem of the working conditions of drivers making deliveries in the United States and apologizes to Senator Mark Pocan, who raised the issue on Twitter. Employees are forced to urinate in plastic bottles in order not to slow down the pace of work in their shift, as several journalistic inquiries have reported. “Really, won't you believe it? If it were true, no one would work for us ": so Amazon had initially dismissed the matter with a tweet, but now it says" sorry "and defines that response to Pocan as an" own goal ".

Amazon, however, also points out that this is a "long-standing problem in the industry", complete with links and tweets from the web to cite similar cases, concerning freight forwarders and rental platforms with driver. "We don't know how yet, but we will look for solutions," said the company, which, according to an investigation by The Intercept, had known about the problem for some time. The unfortunate practice would be mentioned in some emails circulated internally and in specific provisions of disciplinary measures, while Deputy quantifies delivery shifts of 300 packages in ten hours. At the same time, however, Amazon claims the quality of working conditions in its distribution centers, with "dozens of locker rooms" and workers "free to leave the station at any time".

Meanwhile, in Bessemer, Alabama, the polling of workers' votes is taking place these days, the outcome of which could give rise to the first union within an Amazon plant in the United States. The vote was preceded by heated controversies with Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, who visited the place. "All I want to know is why the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, is spending millions to prevent workers from forming a union to negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions," he tweeted. “There is a big difference between speaking and acting,” replied the official Amazon profile: “Senator Sanders was a powerful politician in Vermont for 30 years, where the minimum wage is still $ 11.75. Amazon's is $ 15, including health care from day one. "

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