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Amazon warehouse workers skip bathroom breaks to keep their jobs, says report

About 50% employees said they have lost weight after starting work at the Amazon warehouses. Few of them even said they have contemplated committing suicide

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A survey report conducted among Amazon employees in the UK has revealed some shocking working conditions in the warehouses run by the retail giant.

The survey report prepared by a community working for workers in the UK, Organise, shows that 74 percent employees fear taking bathroom breaks so that they do not fall short of the targets and thus avoid warning points.

“[Targets] have increased dramatically. I do not drink water because I do not have time to go to the toilet,” the report quotes an unnamed employee.

The survey conducted during February and March 2018 reveals that 55% of employees have suffered from depression since working at Amazon and 57% have been ‘a lot more anxious’ since starting as an Amazon employee.

“Everyone fears for their jobs. Honestly, I never knew this is how this company is, I would never have left my previous job. Amazon fulfilment centre is a terrifying place to work,” the report quotes another unnamed employee.

About 50 percent employees said they have lost weight after starting work at the Amazon warehouses. Few of them even said they have contemplated committing suicide.

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Source: organise.org.uk

The report said that nearly three-fourths of the employees at one warehouse feel that targets have been increased. “A few weeks ago they increased the target by 5 percent. Since they increased the target, it became more impossible to hit the target,” another employee said.

Some employees suggested a drop of 15 percent in the target for them. Members of Organise visited Amazon HQ in London to deliver a petition demanding that Amazon drop all warehouse targets by 15 percent or come up with a fairer target system for the workers.

“The petition was delivered on behalf of almost 4,000 petition signers made up of Amazon employees and members of the Organise community,” the community said on its website.
First Published on Apr 17, 2018 05:53 pm
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