E-commerce big Amazon has apologized to a US lawmaker after falsely denying that a few of its drivers are pressured at occasions to urinate in plastic bottles.
The flap began final week with a tweet from Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin.
“Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles,” Pocan tweeted, in an obvious reference to Amazon’s opposition to efforts to unionize a significant facility in Alabama.
Amazon’s official account shortly responded, saying: “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.”
But a number of information media then cited quite a few Amazon workers who stated that they had, actually, been left with little selection however to make use of plastic bottles.
And the web site The Intercept stated it had obtained inner paperwork exhibiting Amazon executives have been conscious of the observe.
The staff’ testimony underlined the complaints of many Amazon workers — each in its processing services and amongst its drivers — about what they are saying is a relentless work tempo.
“We owe an apology to Representative Pocan,” Amazon stated in a press release late Friday.
“The tweet was incorrect. It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers,” every of which, it stated, had dozens of restrooms that workers might use “at any time.”
Amazon continued: “We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed.”
It described the issue as “a long-standing, industry-wide issue,” including, “we would like to solve it.”
The apology didn’t fulfill Pocan, who responded Saturday on Twitter, saying:
“Sigh. This is not about me, this is about your workers – who you don’t treat with enough respect or dignity.
“Start by acknowledging the insufficient working circumstances you’ve got created for ALL your staff, then repair that for everybody & lastly, allow them to unionize with out interference.”
Workers at Amazon’s big processing facility in Bessemer, Alabama accomplished a vote Monday on whether or not to unionize — an initiative strongly resisted by the corporate. The outcome has not but been introduced.
Amazon has efficiently fended off unionization efforts elsewhere within the US, although most of its services in Europe are unionized.
The firm insists its staff get pleasure from good pay and advantages by US requirements.
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