Amazon apologized to Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan for publishing a tweet, last week, denying that there are employees urinating in water bottles during shifts.
Amazon admitted that there are workers who have to urinate in bottles of water, during shifts, an accusation by an American congressman that the trading company online started by denying.
“We know that our drivers may have had trouble finding toilets because of traffic or being on rural roads, and, particularly because of covid-19, many public toilets have been closed,” said the company, in a statement. statement released on Friday.
The controversy started last week because of a Democratic congressman, Mark Pocan, who said in a message published in the Twitter that “paying 15 dollars an hour” does not make Amazon a “progressive place to work”.
“No, when you compel your employees urinating in plastic bottles“It simply came to our notice then.
The company responded directly to its official account, stating that it should not believe this “pee in bottles” story. “If it were true, no one would work for us,” argued Amazon.
However, testimonies of company employees appeared in various media that confirmed this practice, and the The Intercept claimed to have obtained internal documents that attest that it was known to those responsible for Amazon.
In the workers’ reports, it was referred that the pace of work company tax was the main factor for the lack of time to go to the bathroom.
“We owe an apology to Congressman Pocan“, Declared the company in a statement, acknowledging that its response in the Twitter was “incorrect, did not take into account the drivers and focused on what’s happening in the distribution centers”, where workers can “leave their position at any time” to go to the “dozens of bathrooms” they have at disposition.
The problem that affects Amazon’s drivers is an old one and “generalized to the whole industry”, said the company, acknowledging that it does not know how to solve it but committing itself to “looking for solutions”.
Mark Pocanstating that the problem is not with you, but with the workers that Amazon doesn’t give “respect and dignity“. “Start by recognizing the inappropriate working conditions you have created for all of your workers,” he appealed.
According to Ars Technica, Amazon, a company with more than 1.1 million workers, has been on the defensive in recent weeks, after Bessemer’s employees voted to create a union.
The vote ended earlier this week, but the National Labor Relations Board has yet to announce the results.
Liliana Malainho, ZAP // Lusa