Nothing more capitalist than the richest man in the world profiting off conditions like this.
Bloodworth said Amazon staff members had to meet high productivity targets that were feasible only if they ran around the warehouse — something Amazon didn’t allow for health and safety reasons.
“The job itself is really bad,” he told Business Insider. “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 10-½-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.”
Bloodworth’s claim that Amazon workers felt so rushed that they would pee in bottles caused outrage on social media sites such as Twitter and Reddit on Monday. Bloodworth had told The Sun that workers often didn’t take a break to go to the toilet because they were too sparse to get to quickly and they feared punishment for missing productivity targets. So they peed in bottles instead, he said. Bloodworth also outlined Amazon’s penalty points system — he said that racking up six points for issues like unexplained absences could lead to disciplinary proceedings and dismissal. A separate investigation by The Times in 2016 similarly found that Amazon workers were penalized for taking sick days. Bloodworth said he received a point after telling his manager he needed a sick day, despite giving more than the required one hour’s notice and being able to provide a note.“It’s the sheer oppressiveness of management regime there,” he said. “It’s the most oppressive place I had ever worked, easily.”