Amazon has apologized to a US politician for falsely denting are, at times, forced to urinate in plastic bottles.
Mark Pocan ,a democrat from Wisconsin, tweeted in reference to Amazon making,” workers urinate in water bottles.”
The official Amazon Twitter account replied,” If that were true , nobody would work for us.”
Mr. Pocan had criticised Amazon for opposing efforts by workers to unionize a major facility in Alabama.
“paying workers $15/hr. doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust and make workers urinate in water bottles,” Mr. Pocan wrote last week .
Several news outlets then quoted numerous Amazon employees who confirmed that they had been left with little option but to urinate in plastic bottles while working. They also described relentless working practices , both in its fulfilment centers and as delivery drivers.
The intercepts said it had obtained internal documents suggesting that Amazon executives were aware of this happening
The company has now apologized,” We owe apology to representative Pocan,”
” The tweet was incorrect . It did not contemplate our large drive population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfilment centers.”
It added that its fulfilment centers all have dozens of toilets can use ‘at any time.’
Amazon’s reaction added;” We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restroom have been closed.”
” It is said the problem was a ‘long-standing-industry-wide issue and we would like to solve it.”
Mr. Pocan has rejected the apology tweeting,” This not about me, this is about your workers- who you don’t treat with enough respect or dignity. Start by acknowledging the inadequate working conditions you have created for all your workers, then fix that for everyone and finally let them unionize without interference.”