'Employees pee in bottles': Undercover writer reveals Amazon's poor work conditions

WION Web Team
Washington, United StatesUpdated: Mar 26, 2021, 06:02 PM IST


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Amazon News, which is the official account for all Amazon-related news, has denied all these accusations

In a shocking revelation, a writer has revealed that during his time working undercover at an Amazon facility, he found many employees urinating in bottles as they were too afraid to take a bathroom break.

Working undercover at an Amazon facility, James Bloodworth said the employees are tired and frustrated due to the poor working environment provided in the facilities.

Workers have revealed that employees are being forced to take 14-hour long shifts with little or no bathroom breaks.

Amazon imposes strict targets and penalises people who fail to achieve the set goals. The pressure is such that employees end up peeing in bottles to save time from taking a bathroom break.

The issue came to light when Amazon's Dave Clark took a dig at Bernie Sanders on Twitter, inviting him to Birmingham to appreciate "his push for a progressive workplace".


He also took the opportunity to boast about the wages and work environment. "a $15 minimum wage, health care from day one, career progression, and a safe and inclusive work environment," he tweeted.

However, this was met with backlash from Representative Mark Pocan, who tweeted back, saying, "Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a "progressive workplace" when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles."

Amazon News, which is the official account for all Amazon-related news, has denied these accusations. "You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us," Amazon News tweeted. "The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and health care from day one."


However, James Bloodworth, the author of 'Hired' — which talks about the poor work conditions in Amazon — assured that the reports of employees urinating in bottles is true. "I was the person who found the pee in the bottle. Trust me, it happened," he tweeted.