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Facebook group highlights allegations of poor working conditions in Amazon warehouses, following investigations on health & safety

Author: Jane Wakefield, BBC, Published on: 3 December 2019

"Amazon: What does 'peak season' mean for employees?", 29 November 2019

Amazon orders are pouring into warehouses...as people rush to buy Christmas gifts and take advantage of Black Friday deals.

But for those fulfilling these orders, peak season - as workers call the run-up to Christmas - is not especially festive...

...One young woman...describes driving hundreds of miles to drop her child with his father for the whole Christmas period. Her schedule means she cannot look after him.

She posted a picture of herself...on a Facebook group...where workers discuss their...working conditions.

The Facebook group paints a complex picture of the firm. Lots of people say they are worried about being fired...

 

...Another person...alleges that they earned just $20 (£15.50) for working an extra day while having $198 deducted for one sick day...

...On a recent visit to a fulfilment centre at Manchester Airport, I asked [the] general manager...why the firm was so against unionisation. "...We have a forum that represents people within our building. We'd rather just have direct conversations with the people that work here..."...

...A Freedom of Information request, sent to the UK's Health and Safety Executive...suggested that reports of serious incidents at the Manchester Airport site had doubled over the past three years...

...Meanwhile, evidence is mounting in the US that working conditions could be improved...In response, Amazon told the BBC a "snapshot of injury recordings" was misleading, adding that it invested heavily in safety....

Amazon said it was "deeply saddened by the loss of one of our associates. Billy Foister experienced a personal medical incident onsite and lost consciousness. "...

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Related companies: Amazon.com