Workers ‘defecating in bags is a common enough occurrence’ that Amazon has ‘internal memos about it’

The pressure to perform at Amazon warehouses is so great that the company has internal memos on workers foregoing bathroom breaks by going in bags instead.

The Independent reports:

“In the latest criticism of Amazon and its alleged poor working conditions, New York representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez tweeted that defecating in bags was a ‘common occurrence’ for Amazon’s workers.

Joining other Democrats in criticising the e-commerce giant, AOC lashed out against Amazon on social media and accused the company of fostering a dangerous work culture.

In a tweet, she said: ‘A loved one of mine worked Amazon delivery last year & left because that’s how dangerous it felt to them working for a company that also puts so much performance pressure on their workers that defecating in bags is a common enough occurrence that there are internal memos about it.’

AOC’s comments were in response to Jay Carney — the current senior vice president at Amazon and former press secretary under the Obama administration — who had tweeted at Democrat Bernie Sanders saying ‘we treat our employees with dignity and respect. We offer a $15 min wage, health care from day one, and a safe, inclusive workplace’.

Mr Sanders, the Vermont senator, had said that Amazon workers in Alabama were ‘sick and tired of being treated like robots.’ He added: ‘They are standing up and fighting back, and I am proud to support them.’

AOC joins other Democrats who have been vocal against Amazon’s working conditions. Senator Elizabeth Warren had also said that they ‘exploit loopholes and tax havens to pay close to nothing in taxes.'”

For the rest of the story, visit the Independent here.

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