The Cruelty of Amazon

Amazon, Britain’s most popular website for Christmas shopping, is making its staff work seven days a week and threatening them with the sack if they take time off sick.

The company charges among the lowest prices for products ranging from books and CDs to sofas and lawnmowers, but those who use or its US counterpart this Christmas may be unaware of the harsh conditions it imposes on staff. Last year the company achieved global profits topping £2.2 billion.

Behind the scenes Amazon, which can expect its busiest day of the year tomorrow, is employing thousands of casual workers in Britain to fetch and package items under arduous conditions. An investigation by The Sunday Times at Amazon’s enormous warehouse in Bedfordshire has found that workers were:

– Warned that the company refuses to allow sick leave, even if the worker has a legitimate doctor’s note. Taking a day off sick, even with a note, results in a penalty point. A worker with six points faces dismissal

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  1. I thought their regulation are more proper compare to Indonesia.
    It’s shocking to now that the big company such as Amazon don’t know how to implement “the shift” schedule.
    I know that most of the company are trying to decrease their Opex but threatening the worker, it’s unbeliavable.

    Wondering whether we have the same issue here …

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