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Amazon worker tells Senate company treats employees like machines

Amazon worker tells Senate company treats employees like machines

Testifying before the Senate Budget Committee, Amazon warehouse worker Jennifer Bates said workers are able to take two 30-minute breaks during their 10-hour shifts. Also, the size of warehouses leaves little scope to take rest. She said, ’Just walking the long way to the bathroom and back eats up precious break time.’ She said Amazon tracks workers’ each move and they can be fired for being slow.

Mpcooner 0 months

Omg cry me a river. Go find another job. If you don’t like how Amazon does things you are not obligated to work there. I’m not a huge fan of these massive companies but I can’t not tolerate people whining about their job. I’m willing to bet Amazon’s Heath insurance is pretty good and and they have plenty of perks to take care of their workers but these people want to complain. I hate to break it to them but most of the work done is repetitive and if they keep comparing Amazon will replace them with robots.

GreenMachine 0 months

Well, yea. This kind of operation has been around for ages. It's a big machine, a big machine with human cogs, a big machine with fewer humans working faster so you can get your latest purchase in 3 days or less without paying more shipping.

Lord Flashheart
Lord Flashheart 0 months

Robots aren't perfect, there are parts of warehousing and distribution robots can't do yet. The way these places are run, meet you KPI's, KPI's are tightened. If you meet those KPI's, further tightening. If you don't meet the new KPI's, "you are not working hard enough". You quit because you feel pressured to meet the new KPI's, company gets in a fresh new younger worker, repeat cycle. If new casual doesn't meet KPI's. "Employment agency is giving us horrible casuals, we need new agency." Stakeholders expect their 10% profit, even in the bad times.

chris 0 months

Henry Ford created the American Middle class. Jeff Bezos can pay people more. He could also solve world hunger and world homelessness and still be rich. But selling Chinese crap for a huge profit is the way to go...

bobby_5150 0 months

Well slate, owning a gun is a constitutional right. Having an abortion, isn't.

Felipe Segura
Felipe Segura 0 months

Nobody is forcing you to work there. I used to work warehouse jobs like Amazon the work sucked but the pay was decent.

Christopher 0 months

I worked at a packaging company for a cosmetics firm for a few months as a teenager. Putting tiny perfume bottles into medium sized boxes, or medium boxes into large boxes. Mind numbing work, at very low pay. It was awful, so I quit. Typical of this new work ethic. Ill choose where I work and the standards I have and the company should adjust for me. I'm special because my parents said so.

الأكبر فادي
الأكبر فادي 0 months

No one is telling you that you must work there... leave .. find something new... because in reality you aren't important snow flake

Charles 0 months

Amazon is a horrible company. They treat their staff like mules and management leads like a dictatorship.

Jon12 0 months

I work in a big plant and we get two 10 min breaks and a 15 min lunch. I wish I got 30 min breaks

Scott Hallinan
Scott Hallinan 0 months

These comments are a clear example of one of the biggest problems in this country. People with ZERO EMPATHY championing the vulture capitalist company.

Tylor 0 months

Lol try working at a hospital. 12 hour shifts, incredibly short staffed most of the time (very unsafe), and where you're lucky if you get even one 30 min break! Kinda BS that they're tracking everything the employee is doing and putting so much stress on productivity, but hey it is a business, so you gotta expect them to be aiming to maximize profit 🤷🏻‍♂️

Jerry Mandering
Jerry Mandering 0 months

Learn to code?

JoDaBubb 0 months

The people crying for Amazon workers are the same people continually buying and returning stuff in Amazon because the shipping and returns are "free". You all created this.

Rena 0 months

Stand up peaceful ly and only for the absolute truth

GB Oz 0 months

I’ve heard the same thing for near on 10 years. But Americans still buy from them and their cheap junk from China.

atlas shrugged
atlas shrugged 0 months

Oh no, expected to work a full shift and they don't care about your feelings or "lived experience?"

Mandraquex3000 3 weeks

What do you think HR stands for?... it stands for Humans as Resources.

Seekster 0 months

There is an idea. I wonder how many jobs at Amazon could be automated.

Indo 0 months

You asked to work for it. Else, you still there! Its how baldy designed it for his own uses. Sanctioned very well by marketeers.

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