Report says since 2018, almost 1,000 times ambulances have been called to Amazon's fulfilment centers. As many as 248 callouts were made in first eight months this year.
London: Amazon, e-commerce portal, is bracing up for UK Black Friday sales, but the warehouse staff of Jeff Bezos' founded company are allegedly being ill-treated and the firm "don't care" about the health of its workers and using them like "slaves".
According to a report by Mirror, since 2018, almost 1,000 times ambulances have been called to Amazon's fulfilment centers. The site in Tilbury, Essex alone called out for ambulances as many as 178 times.
Notably, on November 7, a worker at the Tilbury site was found dead in a toilet. After his death, an ex-employee took to social media and said, “It was mental when I worked there and literally this doesn’t surprise me at all. The workers there are people, not robots.”
The report quoted a whistleblower at Tilbury saying that Amazon do not care about the health of their workers and treat them like "slaves".
Revealing about the policy, the person said the company does not pay its employee for the first three sick days, no matter how grave the health of the worker be.
"That policy encourages people to come to work even when they are not well as they are scared of not being paid or being fired," the person told.
At warehouse, workers have to be on toes, relentlessly lifting items, the productivity targets are immense and stressful at the same time, the whistleblower added.
The report stated that Freedom of Information requests to nine NHS ambulance trusts said 971 callouts were made between January 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021, to 24 Amazon warehouses.
As many as 248 callouts were made in the first eight months of this year, which is an increase of almost 24 per cent from last year.
The medical practitioners treated Amazon employees who fell unconsciousness, or were suffering from traumatic injuries, breathing problems and chest or cardiac pain.
A former staff of Amazon's Tilbury site said working for years, performing manual tasks for the company have caused his shoulder to dislocate in 2019.
He went on to say that Amazon sees people "just like numbers, just like rats.”
Another report reveals that employees at Amazon Inc. have announced that they will go on a strike against the company on Black Friday, November 26, to voice for a better workplace and other demands.
The strike will be a part of the "Make Amazon Pay" campaign, which is a coalition of 70 trade unions and organisations.