OK, look. I know Amazon is cheap. You can buy anything there and they have really fast shipping. I used to shop there too, until I read an article a few years ago about how they treat their warehouse employees. That article alone was enough to make me close my account and not look back. And I keep telling people that Amazon is as bad to their employees as Wal-Mart (I don’t shop there, either).
Don’t believe me or think this is just one case?
Workers in Amazon’s LeHigh Valley warehouse worked in hot conditionsbecause the warehouse didn’t have air conditioning. Mac McClelland wrote in April 2012 about Amazon’s (“Amalgamated Product Giant Shipping Worldwide, Inc.”) ridiculously high work goals for even the new employees and the sometimes inhumane working conditions. Pay and working conditions have been the source of strikes at German warehouses. The Seattle Human Rights Commission wrote a letter to Amazon’s CEO asking him to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against security officers.
Is that not enough information about how Amazon treats its workers to convince you to not shop there? If not, maybe this article on how Amazon treats its white-collar management and administrative workers will convince you to quit shopping there:
- Workers are encouraged to rip apart co-workers’ ideas during meetings;
- Long work hours and working during off-time is almost-mandatory;
- Workers with medical or family issues are given low performance ratings and called “difficult” or “problematic”; and
- Recruiters from other companies hesitate to employ former Amazon employees because they are trained to be combative.
And why is all of this done?
The focus is on relentless striving to please customers, or “customer obsession” (No. 1), with words like “mission” used to describe lightning-quick delivery of Cocoa Krispies or selfie sticks.
Ladies and gentlemen, these shit conditions happen because we–you and I–want cheap goods fast, and rather than borrowing what we need from a neighbor, going to the locally-owned store to get what we need (and support local business), or going to a second-hand store to get what we want, we would rather buy our goods from companies that treat other human beings like subhuman creatures.
How can we care so little about how other humans are treated?
Please, people. Stop shopping at Amazon.
Written by Stephanie Moulton and originally posted August 17, 2015 at Revolution.