Amazon, bad conditions for workers

This 26 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

BRUTAL Story About Working For Amazon

Amazon has fired hundred of workers at just one their facilities. Ana Kasparian, Brooke Thomas, and Adrienne Lawrence, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

Amazon’s fulfillment centers are the engine of the company — massive warehouses where workers track, pack, sort, and shuffle each order before sending it on its way to the buyer’s door. Critics say those fulfillment center workers face strenuous conditions: workers are pressed to “make rate”, with some packing hundreds of boxes per hour, and losing their job if they don’t move fast enough. “You’ve always got somebody right behind you who’s ready to take your job,” says Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and a prominent Amazon critic. Documents obtained by The Verge show those productivity firings are far more common than outsiders realize. In a signed letter last year, an attorney representing Amazon said the company fired “hundreds” of employees at a single facility between August of 2017 and September 2018 for failing to meet productivity quotas. A spokesperson for the company said that, over that time, roughly 300 full-time associates were terminated for inefficiency.

The number represents a substantial portion of the facility’s workers: a spokesperson said the named fulfillment center in Baltimore includes about 2,500 full-time employees today. Assuming a steady rate, that would mean Amazon was firing more than 10 percent of its staff annually, solely for productivity reasons. The numbers are even more staggering in North America as a whole. Amazon operates more than 75 fulfillment centers with more than 125,000 full-time employees, suggesting thousands lose their jobs with the company annually for failing to move packages quickly enough.”

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13 thoughts on “Amazon, bad conditions for workers

  1. I believe a great point was made in this video, Dear Kitty. We, that is, many of us are critical of the abuse of animals and the inhumane practises, in general, of the killing methods of those animals for man’s general purposes – food, clothing, etc., and rightly so. Yet, a good conversation to have over the breakfast table, I believe, would be a conversation toward having this same compassion for our fellow humans; many of which must experience intolerable treatment in the work place.


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