Workers afraid to take bathroom breaks inside Amazon’s fast-paced warehouse world

Screenshot 2018-07-03 at 10.14.34James Bloodworth spent several weeks at Amazon working the requisite 10-hour shifts, four days a week, at a warehouse in the West Midlands countryside. Seeking to write about the plight of the working class, he also worked at a call center, as an Uber driver, on a building site and as a home aide caring for the elderly.

“Amazon was the worst employer, easily,” the author said by phone.

When he took a day off sick, he received a “point.” Earn six and you’re fired, he said.

Bloodworth said he heard of one person getting a point because she had to leave early to see her child in the hospital, and he talked to another who got a point for failing to hit her rate.

At the warehouse where he worked, Amazon monitored everbody’s rate through a handheld device — tracking “our every move as if we were convicts out on house arrest,” he writes.

via Under pressure, afraid to take bathroom breaks? Inside Amazon’s fast-paced warehouse world | The Seattle Times

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