A study from the Open Markets Institute has revealed a swathe of employee abuse carried out by one of the worlds largest, most profitablee business.
The abuses include:
*Informing workers that they are not meeting targets - without revealing the targets - and then firing them by SMS after they fail to meet the targets
*Insisting that delivery drivers deliver 999 out of 1000 packages on time which has led to road traffic accidents due to speeding
*Requiring workers to submit to checks for stolen property which take 25 minute to one hour - the employees are not paid for this work period
*Firing employees after workplace injuries occur leading to quota not being met
*Operating one of the most dangerous workplaces in the USA with rates of severe injury five times higher than the national average. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health named Amazon as being one of the most dangerous workplaces in the country.
*Persistent workplace surveillance used to enforce quotas.
Seperately The Register reached out to Amazon workers and received reports such as:
*Palettes being stacked ten high when the previous safe level was five.
*Claiming to operate COVID19 mitigation policies while the reality is the policies are never followed - including waiting months to inform workers that they're colleagues have tested positive for the virus.
*Punishing work rates that are constantly changed.
*Responding to complaints of racism by issuing a workplace violation against the complainant leading to their sacking.
*Responding to serious workplace injuries with Tylenol and ice packs rather than medical assistance.
*Operating the workplace using secret, shifting quotas that are set to ensure the slowest five percent of the workforce are sacked.
*Ignoring internal safety policies such as requiring team members to aid single workers with heavy lifting such as six pallettes of stock.
*Operating a covert intelligence operations to remove any union activity (which it denied by saying jobs listing for just such a thing were created "by mistake").
Amazon is one of the wealthiest businesses in the world. It's boss, Dr. Evil, has been the wealthiest man in the world for some time. The COVID19 outbreak alone has led to 50 billion dollars going to Dr. Evil.
Amazon responded with the usual horseshit.