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Amazon’s Brutal Working Conditions: ‘Everybody Suffers Here’

A blistering new report from the U.K. reveals the physical and psychological strains put on Amazon workers in one plant outside of London.

By NTK Staff | 11.29.2017 @11:30am
Amazon’s Brutal Working Conditions: ‘Everybody Suffers Here’

Long regarded as one of the most efficient companies in the world, a new report is pulling back the curtain on Amazon’s working conditions, and it’s not a pretty sight.

The U.K. Mirror “spent five weeks undercover at the sprawling warehouse at Tilbury, Essex, wearing a hidden camera which captured images of exhausted staff falling asleep on their feet.”

“One colleague was taken to hospital by ambulance when they collapsed on the job, after struggling on despite feeling unwell,” Selby said.

“Another ambulance was called after a girl suffered a panic attack when she was told compulsory overtime would mean her working up to 55 hours a week over Christmas.

“One of my colleagues told me, ‘Everybody suffers here’. I pulled my hamstring but I just had to carry on. My friend spent two days off after she damaged her knee ligaments.’”

The Mirror reports that workers are constantly under video surveillance, are discouraged from sitting down during their 10-hour shifts, and must pack 120 items per hour – a figure the Mirror said is soon rising to 200.

One employee wrote on a white board, “Why are we not allowed to sit when it is quiet and not busy? We are human beings, not slaves and animals.”

For their part, Amazon said the company “provides a safe and positive workplace with competitive pay and benefits from day one.”

But the Mirror’s report echoes findings from an undercover BBC report, which followed a day in the life of an Amazon delivery driver. Some drivers in that report were forced to drive 120 mph and relieve themselves in bottles inside the van just to make deadlines.

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