Amazon confesses: employees forced to pee in bottles

Amazon confesses: employees forced to pee in bottles
Amazon confesses: employees forced to pee in bottles

ROME. It is unfortunately true, and therefore not just a legend, that Amazon employees would sometimes be forced to pee in plastic bottles, in order not to waste time on deliveries. The same director Ken Loach, in the last film «Sorry we missed you», had revealed this chilling detail. And after months of denying it, the company now admits it. “We know that our drivers can and do have problems finding toilets due to traffic or because they drive off the beaten path and this was particularly frequent during the Covid pandemic, when many public toilets were closed”, is the shocking confession of the company. . A sensational admission that comes after a controversy raised by a tweet from a Democratic member of the US Chamber, Mark Pocan. “Just because you pay your employees $ 15 an hour doesn’t make you a cutting-edge job – he said to the e-commerce giant – if you force your employees to pee in plastic bottles.”

Initially, the company had denied it, but then several American media had reported numerous statements by employees who testified to the existence of this “practice”, and some of these had even reported internal documents that attested that it was well known even by the executives of the same. ‘company. The company was then forced to turn around: “We owe Pocan an apology,” he said. The first reply to the parliamentarian “did not take into account the drivers” and had “erroneously focused on our distribution centers”, where employees can “leave their workstations at any time” to visit “the dozens of toilets” to them. arrangement. The problem with Amazon’s drivers is “long-standing” and “affects the whole sector,” the company said, underlining: “We would like to solve the problem. We don’t know how, but we will look for solutions, ”he promised. Pocan’s reply is ready: “Sigh,” he tweeted. “It’s not about me but about your employees, whom you don’t treat with sufficient respect and dignity. You are beginning to recognize the inappropriate working conditions you have created for all of your employees. ” Amazon is in the spotlight in the United States with a vote on creating a union in an Alabama warehouse that would be the first in the country. The results have not yet been announced.

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