Here’s the Background Story:
Amazon’s Prime Day is an excellent way for millions of consumers around the country to save on an incredibly wide variety of goods every year. Countless electronics, luxury items and staples rushed out of Amazon warehouses at discounted prices earlier in July. Sounds like a great deal for everyone, but it’s a silver lining at best for those behind the scenes.
Amazon workers went on strike this month to protest the harsh working conditions and lack of support received from their employers.
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
Working in an Amazon warehouse is no small feat. Employees regularly work over eight grueling hours a day, walking miles on end putting together customer orders. They’re held to extremely strict time tables and closely monitored at all times. Undercover footage reveals that workers are afraid to go to the bathroom in fear of failing to meet their quotas.
What kind of employer doesn’t give their staff time to take a bathroom break?
The grievances don’t stop there — Amazon employees are now fired by robots instead of their managers. AI tracks every employee’s productivity levels and automatically writes up severance paperwork if a worker doesn’t make the cut. A warehouse in Baltimore fired over 300 workers from August 2017 through September 2018; this is par for the course for Amazon facilities across the country.
Improvements in AI and automation are supposed to help humans, not micromanage them out of a job. Why are CEOs and big corporations the primary beneficiaries of technological advancement? American blue-collar workers build their warehouses and run their businesses, yet only receive a swift boot to the rear when they don’t “work hard enough.”
Sometimes a job is just a job: something to help you and your family make ends meet. Working in a warehouse is physically demanding, which is both a pro and a con: it’s great exercise, but not everyone’s cut out for it. At the same time, it’s hard to depend on an employer that barely treats you like a person.
This Is What Other People Think:
Poll: Amazon Workers Go on Strike: Will You Still Buy from Them?
60% Voted Yes
40% Voted No
What Do You Think?
There’s no denying the benefits that Amazon provides for the country. It’s hard to beat their combination of great prices and convenience on the consumer end. Amazon fills gaps in the economy that few other entities can reach and they’re providing jobs right here on American soil if nothing else.
Now that you know what Amazon employees go through, will you continue to purchase from them? Comment down below and tell us what you think!
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