Like many people, I’ve been shocked by reports over the last few years of the appalling working conditions in Amazon warehouses.
Workers have said that the constant pressure to hit performance targets makes it difficult for them to even get a drink of water or take toilet breaks. The GMB union has revealed that Amazon have received 600 ambulance call-outs to its UK sites over the past three years and a total of 602 reports have been made from Amazon warehouses to the Health and Safety Executive.
While his employees suffer, Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man on earth with an estimated net worth of $165 billion. Amazon itself is a trillion-dollar company that recently announced a record profit for the last three months of close to $3 billion. It’s simply grotesque for these immense profits to be made at the expense of workers’ safety and well-being.
That’s why I fully support GMB’s efforts to defend and organise workers in Amazon warehouses. As a Labour MP, I’ll always fight for the rights of workers and do what I can to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect at work and have worked closely with the GMB on their campaign against similar conditions at the warehouses serving ASOS.