There was a time wherein these kind of conditions would have instantly become subject to strict public oversight and legislative intervention. However, in a modern age designed to legislate for the benefit of private faction, rather than individual citizens, it is no surprise that these practices have become more common place.
To me, this is a a horrifying side effect of the conspiracy to undermine the legislative process for the ends of monied faction, as our Founders warned would happen(absent cogent public oversight) as early as Federalist No 10.
The author who discovered that Amazon warehouse staff were peeing in bottles to avoid taking too many breaks said the working culture was like a prison.
James Bloodworth went undercover in 2016 to work at an Amazon warehouse in the UK, for a book on low-paid jobs in Britain.
He described to Business Insider how he had been collecting items as a “picker” and came across a bottle of urine on the shelf.
Bloodworth said people didn’t have enough time for a proper lunch break, and were penalised for sick days.
Amazon didn’t recognise the picture painted by Bloodworth. It said workers could use the toilet whenever they needed, and that they were not monitored.
Working in an Amazon warehouse is like prison, according to an author who went undercover at a fulfilment centre and found staff were peeing in bottles because they had no time to go to the toilet.
James Bloodworth investigated casual work and its impact on people’s lives for his book “Hired: Six Months in Low-Wage Britain.” For research, he took low-paid jobs at an Amazon warehouse, in social care, a call centre, a building site, and as an Uber driver to explore how people coped.
Bloodworth spent just under a month in 2016 working as a “picker” at an Amazon fulfilment centre in Rugeley, in central England. This involved running around the centre picking up items that people have ordered for delivery.
Bloodworth said he was employed through Transline, an employment agency which Amazon no longer uses after it sent 1,500 people to work in poor conditions at the warehouse of major British retailer Sports Direct.
Amazon staff had to meet productivity targets which, according to Bloodworth, were only feasible if you ran around the warehouse — something Amazon didn’t allow for health and safety reasons.
He told Business Insider: “The job itself is really bad. I’ve worked in warehouses before but this was nothing like I had experienced. You don’t have proper breaks — by the time you get to the canteen, you only have 15 or 20 minutes for lunch, in a 10-and-a-half hour working day. You don’t have time to eat properly to get a drink.
“You have to go through security when you leave the warehouse, and that adds five minutes. It’s like an airport — belt off, watch off. The atmosphere is what I imagine a prison feels like. You felt like you were walking on eggshells.”