Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Amazon apologizes for “pee” tweet
The accusation sounds violent: In the USA, Amazon delivery drivers sometimes do not find time to go to the toilet due to the enormous workload. First, the company brusquely rejects the accusation – but suddenly he is meek.
The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, apologized to a US MP after a Twitter dispute about where and how employees relieve themselves. The multibillionaire Jeff Bezos’ group admitted that delivery drivers sometimes couldn’t find toilets, thus confirming reports that employees urinate in bottles under high time pressure in stressful everyday work. The fact that this was initially denied via an official Amazon Twitter account was an “own goal”.
The conflict began the week before last with a critical tweet from Democratic Party MP Marc Pocan: “Paying employees $ 15 an hour does not make you a ‘progressive workplace’ if you crack down on unions and workers urinate in water bottles”. Amazon had initially countered in an unusually sharp tone on Twitter: “You don’t really believe the thing about peeing in bottles?” And further: “If that were true, nobody would work for us.”
Now the Bezos group showed itself to be reasonable: “We apologize to MP Pocan.” However, the statement does not contain an apology to the employees concerned. However, Amazon announced that it would tackle the problem. “We don’t know how yet, but we will look for solutions.” However, the company also emphasized that it was an industry-wide problem that was not limited to Amazon and that had been exacerbated by the closure of public toilets during the Corona crisis.
Amazon had come under even more pressure in the past few weeks. Shortly after the dispute with the politician Pocan, the investigative portal “The Intercept” published leaked documents from an Amazonlogistics manager in which, among other things, it is made clear that no bags with “human feces” are tolerated in the delivery centers. Amazon initially did not comment on this when asked and did not address it in the current statement. The Group’s working conditions have recently been in the focus, as a US union could join Amazon for the first time through a vote in Alabama.