Defending these claims of exploitative working circumstances, Amazon stated, “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.” Amazon stated this in a reply to a tweet by Rep. Mark Pocan during which he stated, “Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a “progressive workplace” when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles.”
@repmarkpocan 1/2 You don’t actually consider the peeing in bottles factor, do you? If that had been true, no person would wor… https://t.co/gDke8HPsPI
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) 1616639354000
But quickly after Amazon’s tweet, staff, journalists and other people conscious of the claimed work circumstances hit again by posting footage of urine bottles as proof.
Paying staff $15/hr would not make you a “progressive workplace” whenever you union-bust & make staff urinate in wate… https://t.co/xbkmo5t3wl
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) 1616634357000
Buzzfeed reporter Ken Bensinger posted pictures of ‘instruction sheets’ from Amazon which demanded drivers take their trash with them from the supply van after their shift ends and curiously, the foundations talked about that they should get rid of urine bottles too.
Amazon claims its staff do not pee in bottles; defenders say it is an city legend. But these pictures despatched to me by… https://t.co/2bwbbeOzHD
— Ken Bensinger (@kenbensinger) 1616653232000
The state of affairs is so unhealthy that staff are claiming that they’re getting Urinary tract infections resulting from zero lavatory breaks. One employee claimed, “For the record I’ve never peed anywhere , on the job, besides in the back of my van in a coffee cup. It’s the only reason I buy a hit drink every morning before shift. They know. They don’t care.”