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NEW YORK - Workers at a Staten Island Amazon fulfillment center claim they are working in brutal conditions that are more dangerous than coal mines and expected to do work at rates design for robots and not humans.
A rally was held Monday afternoon on Staten Island. Activists and workers detailed complaints and demands. The workers and activists protested what they said are inhumane job conditions. They want longer break times and free MetroCards for public buses to get to the worksite.
Organizers claim that more than 600 workers have signed petitions to demand the changes. Workers complain of "brutal shifts" often lasting between 10 and 12 hours. They claim that an analysis of Amazon's own data show the fulfillment center on Staten Island is more dangerous than traditionally dangerous sectors like coal mining and waste collection.
Amazon workers on Staten Island experience severe injuries that require them to miss an average of nearly 64 days of work annually for recovery, according to an analysis from Make the Road New York and New York Communities for Change.
Workers at an Amazon warehouse are having to urinate in plastic bottles rather than go to the toilet during their shifts, it has been claimed.
The reports came as crowds of protesters gathered outside the internet giant’s so-called fulfilment centres across the UK to demand improvement in workers’ conditions
Almost 50 serious injuries – including broken bones – have been suffered by Amazon workers at its Tilbury warehouse in the past two years, figures show.
The GMB union uncovered figures from Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations that reveal 47 serious injuries including fractured feet, toes and fingers and a string of back complaints, resulting from incidents listed variously as “lifting and handling” and “struck against object”.
A former employee at Amazon's largest UK warehouse has claimed staff are 'treated like slaves', with many found asleep in the toilets because they are so exhausted.
Michael Gabay, 42, described his time at Amazon's Tilbury depot in Essex as '100 days of hell
Amazon workers describe brutal work conditions
originally posted by: trollzI'm honest to God surprised we aren't hearing about people in these places actually dying.
originally posted by: PhilbertDezineck
a reply to: Willtell
64 lost time days a year is a lot of injuries. I worked in factory assembly work with lots of sheet metal brazing and 1000 other things to get injured on. Their loss time is outrageous, why hasn't OSHA been called in to investigate.
At one point I asked the supervisor if I could go to the bathroom quick. His response went something like this: "Welll, we can't tell you you can't go to the bathroom, so if you reeeaaalllly need to go, you can... But if you miss your boxes we'll have to fire you."