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 8 months ago '11        #1
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Apr 16 - Amazon warehouse workers pee in bottles skip bathroom breaks to keep jobs
 

 
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Amazon warehouse workers are forced to pee in bottles or forego their bathroom breaks entirely because fulfillment demands are too high, according to journalist James Bloodworth, who went undercover as an Amazon worker for his book, Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain. Targets have reportedly increased exponentially, workers say in a new survey revealed over the weekend, and as result, they feel pressured and stressed to meet the new goals.

Workers who pick up products for delivery at a warehouse in Staffordshire, UK use bottles instead of the actual toilet, which is located too far away, Bloodworth reported. They are afraid of being disciplined for idling and losing their jobs as a result, he added. Bloodworth told The Sun in an interview that the warehouse resembled a prison or an airport, with high security scanners that check workers for banned items like hoodies, sunglasses, and phones, and other employees who pat down workers to check for stolen goods.

Bloodworth’s findings are in line with first-hand accounts collected in the survey by worker rights platform Organise, which reported that 74 percent of workers avoid using the toilet for fear of being warned they had missed their target numbers. Rising goals have also taken a toll on employees’ mental health, as 55 percent of them report having suffered depression since working at Amazon. Over 80 percent of workers said they would not apply for a job at Amazon again.

Amazon apparently doesn’t allow employees enough time for breaks, let alone sick days, and that also includes individuals who may be pregnant. “From their point of view, we don’t have the right to be ill,” one worker who is a parent wrote anonymously in the Organise survey. Another worker said that although they had presented a sick note for being ill, their supervisor still called a meeting to discuss their conduct. An anonymous source close to the situation told The Verge that Amazon didn’t monitor toilet breaks and that it offered private medical insurance to its employees.

“I had a fit at work and was taken to the hospital. The next day, someone rung me and asked why I was not in work. I explained to them, but it was still marked, ‘no call, no show,’” wrote another employee from a different warehouse in the UK.

Workers described the breaks as one 30-minute, unpaid break, and two 15-minute paid breaks, which is a similar structure to what many US state labor laws require regarding break times. But despite having legally compliant break times, workers noted they had to walk quite a distance from their main work area to the break area, which greatly diminished how much time they had left to rest.

Amazon said in a statement to The Verge, “Amazon provides a safe and positive workplace for thousands of people across the UK with competitive pay and benefits from day one. We have not been provided with confirmation that the people who completed the survey worked at Amazon and we don’t recognize these allegations as an accurate portrayal of activities in our buildings.”

The company continued by saying, “We have a focus on ensuring we provide a great environment for all our employees and last month Amazon was named by LinkedIn as the [seventh] most sought after place to work in the UK and ranked first place in the US. Amazon also offers public tours of its fulfillment centres so customers can see first-hand what happens after they click ‘buy’ on Amazon.”

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97 comments for "Apr 16 - Amazon warehouse workers pee in bottles skip bathroom breaks to keep jobs"

 8 months ago '07        #2
yolaboy 177 heat pts177
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Amazon saw what Walmart was doing and was like "nah, we can sh*t on humans harder"

 8 months ago '15        #3
PineappleOG 32 heat pts32
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I barely use amazon, online shopping is only meh, never took on the big appeal to me that it has others

 8 months ago '14        #4
strungout 391 heat pts391
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they also using staffing agency's so you are never directly working for amazon.

 8 months ago '10        #5
Sk8bamboo 47 heat pts47
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 strungout said
they also using staffing agency's so you are never directly working for amazon.
Or get benefits

 8 months ago '17        #6
Naga Sadow 13 heat pts13
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Seeing that Bezos is worth $100B I don't see why he can't hire more and pay more. Then again greed is more important than need.

 8 months ago '16        #7
CLOUT DEMON 13 heat pts13
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 strungout said
they also using staffing agency's so you are never directly working for amazon.
thats what nike and apple doing

 8 months ago '11        #8
Sandor Clegane 68 heat pts68
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Capitalism


 8 months ago '04        #9
Miami 8 heat pts
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this gotta be bullsh*t

 8 months ago '04        #10
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 PineappleOG said
I barely use amazon, online shopping is only meh, never took on the big appeal to me that it has others
who gives a fu*k?

 8 months ago '15        #11
PineappleOG 32 heat pts32
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 Tastemaker331 said
who gives a fu*k?
Your bi*chass?

 8 months ago '05        #12
kriskross00 123 heat pts123
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 Naga Sadow said
Seeing that Bezos is worth $100B I don't see why he can't hire more and pay more. Then again greed is more important than need.
Rich stay rich by not spending

 8 months ago '05        #13
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 Naga Sadow said
Seeing that Bezos is worth $100B I don't see why he can't hire more and pay more. Then again greed is more important than need.
He’s not a socialist. He has the type
of money that could change the world.

But looking at from different point, It sucks that it takes money which has only the value humans placed on
it to change things for the better.

 8 months ago '04        #14
Tastemaker331 67 heat pts67
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 PineappleOG said
Your bi*chass?
oh im dealing with a witty one

 8 months ago '16        #15
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 Naga Sadow said
Seeing that Bezos is worth $100B I don't see why he can't hire more and pay more. Then again greed is more important than need.
Ig hoes is expensive

 8 months ago '17        #16
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 PineappleOG said
I barely use amazon, online shopping is only meh, never took on the big appeal to me that it has others
Yea ur just one person out of millions....

With online shopping, u get sh*t the stores don't have, or only carry online

 8 months ago '05        #17
projectd06 2 heat pts
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I dont believe that at all, prolly some lazy a.ss worked mad thry didnt get a break

 8 months ago '17        #18
PackerTrelli3 
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What do you think football players do?? If it's urgency it's urgency

People use restroom breaks as actual breaks and that slows down the process cuz others have to pick up the slack.

At target, everyone had to work Black Friday!! If u didn't, they'd just give ur a.ss 2 hours a week and force u to quit!! So then they didn't have to give u unemployment

It's a business. U think people in war time got restroom breaks?? Pee in that damn cup!!

 8 months ago '18        #19
Oswaldgatesjr 14 heat pts14
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Here to say this. As a man with d!ck and balls your heart or how good you are as a person dosent mean sh*t in this capalist society. We can lie all we want but sucess is determined on how much money u make.

 8 months ago '06        #20
Game375 49 heat pts49
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I saw a video of a dude who works at one of those distribution centers. Says he was hired and working within an hour. Also said they be having ambulances parked up front

 8 months ago '06        #21
Game375 49 heat pts49
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Education is important folks.

 8 months ago '18        #22
the undertaker 8 heat pts
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fu*k amazon and fu*k jeff bezos


no regime should have this much power


no regimes leader needs $150 billion

 8 months ago '15        #23
PineappleOG 32 heat pts32
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 PackerTrelli3 said
Yea ur just one person out of millions....

With online shopping, u get sh*t the stores don't have, or only carry online
Ya I accept I’m part of the minority, just stating that if sh*t like this is happening, i’m not personally participating in this system

 8 months ago '14        #24
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 Miami said
this gotta be bullsh*t
Fake News Created by the Trump Administration.

 8 months ago '10        #25
rich21886 
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 Miami said
this gotta be bullsh*t
Nah this girl at my job worked at the location close to philly & while she aint say sh*t about pissin in a bottle she did say u had to travel so far that u would end up getting in trouble. She would tell me by time u got to ur car u had used more than half of ur lunch break.

The thirty minute lunch break law should be changed to an hr for full time workers its but so much u can do in thirty minutes by time u eat or go get food & come back its over.


Last edited by rich21886; 04-16-2018 at 06:12 PM..

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