It comes after the company last week ended up in a twitter dispute with the Democratic congressional representative Mark Pocan from Wisconsin. Lately, Amazon has been fighting for employees to form unions in the United States.
“Paying workers 15 dollars an hour (about 127.50 kroner) does not make you a” progressive workplace “when you prevent unions and force workers to urinate on water bottles, Pocan wrote on Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a "progressive workplace" when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles. https://t.co/CnFTtTKA9q
Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a "progressive workplace" when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles. https://t.co/CnFTtTKA9q— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) March 25, 2021
It first caused Amazon to strike back.
– You do not really believe in the “pee on bottles” stuff, do you? If that were true, no one would work for us. The truth is that we have over one million incredible employees worldwide, who are proud of what they do, and have good salaries and covered health services from day one, Amazon writes on
1/2 You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us. 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.— Amazon News (@amazonnews) March 25, 2021
But just over a week later, the company makes a complete U-turn.
– The Twitter message was not correct, the company writes and explains how there are many toilets in the companies’ premises, but that they did not include all the drivers in the calculation when they answered Pocan.
– We know that drivers may have problems finding toilets due to traffic and some rural routes. This has been particularly the case during the pandemic, where many public toilets have been closed, writes Amazon in the blog post and emphasizes that this applies not only to Amazon, but also other drivers.
– Regardless of whether this is the case in the entire industry, we want to solve it. We do not know how, but we are looking for solutions, writes Amazon.
At the same time, the company apologizes to Pocan.
– Sigh. This is not about me. This is about your workers – who you do not treat with sufficient respect and dignity. Start by acknowledging the inadequate working conditions you have created for ALL your workers, fix it for everyone & let them form a union without disruption, Pocan writes in a response to Amazon on Sigh.
This is 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've created for ALL your workers, then fix that for everyone & finally, let them unionize without interference. https://t.co/tdIns0AR66
The apology from the company owned by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, comes as an Amazon department store in Alabama awaits the result of a poll, which could make it the first Amazon center in the United States with a union.
Amazon has long sought to dissuade its more than 800,000 employees in the United States from organizing. At the same time, there have been many accusations from many workers about tiring or unsafe working conditions, writes The Guardian.
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