The grocery delivery arm of the online retailer is taking full advantage of high unemployment and lax safety regulation to further exploit its workforce.
Amazon is expected to rack up record sales on this year’s “Prime Day,” while the explosion of orders is causing many injuries and fueling opposition within the workforce.
The increase in Amazon’s market capitalization since the start of the year amounts to $34 million for each worker who got sick.
A whistleblower inside Amazon sent a message last week to a number of internal company listservs, warning fellow workers that the company is monitoring opposition on those forums.
A number of recent exposures confirm that Amazon has established its own secret internal intelligence agency to spy on its workforce.
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Former Amazon worker Jana Jumpp says the nearly 1,600 COVID-19 cases she has counted in warehouses are “just the tip of the iceberg”
Jana Jumpp has tracked cases across 244 locations worldwide, including 236 in the US, and she has counted at least nine Amazon worker deaths.
Seeking to take time off after breaking his wrist in a fall, the worker was denied access to his jobsite and had his identification card deactivated.
At least one worker at the warehouse has died from COVID-19 and many other have tested positive, as management moves to force workers to accept deadly working conditions or face getting fired and losing unemployment benefits.
Working through injuries, bomb threats and tornadoes: Amazon workers describe conditions at Spartanburg, South Carolina warehouse
According to OSHA, there were 57 injuries last year at the GSP1 facility—but Amazon workers suspect the real number is higher.
A WSWS reporting team travelled to Spartanburg and met with several Amazon workers, past and present, to discuss their reactions the coverage by the WSWS of conditions at the Amazon warehouse in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Ismaila N’Diaye, a 32-year-old former Amazon customer service employee in Rabat, said the life of his family has been torn apart by the company.
Having denied surgery for Michelle Quinones’s wrist injury, Amazon’s workers compensation administrator Sedgwick hired private investigators to spy on and harass Michelle.
Shannon Allen described brutal working conditions, authoritarian-style surveillance of workers in the facility, and management demands to maintain frenetic rates of speed.
Tammy Edgar says she became homeless after she fell at work while avoiding a heavy machine, which flew off a table at her.
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Shannon Allen was injured working at an Amazon warehouse near Fort Worth, Texas. Denied workers' compensation by the online retailer, Shannon temporarily became homeless, living in her car in Amazon's parking lot. Her story, first published in the World Socialist Web Site in 2018, became widely known.
Later that year, Shannon was featured, without her consent, in a political ad for Bernie Sanders. But she had much more to say than what was included by the Sanders team...
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