This video from Britain says about itself:
BBC Panorama – Amazon The Truth Behind the Click. BBC documentary behind Amazon shopping 2013
It’s the online retailer that has transformed the way we shop, but how does Amazon treat the workers who retrieve our orders? Working conditions in the company’s giant warehouses have been condemned by unions as among the worst in Britain. Panorama goes undercover to find out what happens after we fill our online shopping basket.
From the Daily Mirror in Britain:
An undercover reporter witnessed first hand how workers are forced to take timed toilet breaks and meet impossible targets during a five-week investigation at Amazon‘s biggest plant in Europe
22:35, 25 NOV 2017
Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man, worth $99billion
When you click to buy a goody from Amazon, has it ever occurred to you what happens next?
It is not a side the company wants you to see.
Today, Sunday Mirror reporter Alan Selby reveals all after spending five weeks undercover as a packer at Amazon’s biggest European plant, in Tilbury, Essex.
His story is not a happy one. Workers are paid as little as 7p for each parcel, which must be ready to go in 30 seconds.
The sack hangs over anyone not up to speed. But some are so exhausted they fall asleep on their feet. Ambulances were called as others collapsed.
Selby is a superfit marathon runner. But he says the targets were impossible to meet – even for him. And the two half-hour food breaks in a punishing 10-and-a-half-hour shift were not nearly long enough.
[Amazon] … should now acknowledge that the way it treats its workers is not acceptable.
The company has made its founder Jeff Bezos the world’s richest man. Black Friday alone added another £1.8billion to his treasure chest.
It is now time for Bezos to see for himself how the other half live in his sweat shops.
And it is time for us, his customers, to consider the price others must pay for the convenience of online shopping.
Together we can do something about it.
Bezos can start by improving working conditions with more staff, better wages and proper breaks. He earns enough money to be more generous than just obeying government employment law to the letter.
And we must swallow paying a little more for what we want to buy and the presents we like to give.
USA: Amazon builds low-wage Maryland plant on ashes of largest steel mill in US: here.
Amazon conducts total surveillance of workers in new German plant: here.
It’s the most exhausting time of the year: Amazon, UPS workers denounce grueling holiday conditions: here.
‘Crying at work is becoming normal’: Whole Foods employees revolt after Amazon imposes ‘scorecard’ system: here.
Amazon’s global profit reached $1.9 billion for the final quarter of 2017, an increase of more than 150 percent from just a year earlier, according to the company’s financial earnings report released Thursday. Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos’ personal wealth has increased more than $17 billion in the past month. This compares to the average monthly wage of an Amazon warehouse worker as the weight of an elephant compares to an ant: here.