E-Land Technology Driven E-commerce was informed that on April 7th, according to foreign media reports, Amazon already has more than 50 U.S. warehouses with new coronavirus infections. This technology giant is facing the problem of how to deal with worker safety.
With the outbreak of the epidemic, more and more people are staying at home, and many people rely on Amazon's delivery services more than ever. However, each order increases the health risks of those who classify, package and ship the goods.
Two New York Times science and technology reporters detailed the resulting dilemma: The company said it is doing all it can to protect these employees in order to reduce the risk of infection. Measures include separating work stations and carrying out warehouses. Disinfection, give employees more rest time and increase wages. However, according to some of the employees, Amazon did not do enough, did not honor its promises, and was not frank about security risks.
Workers in other fields such as doctors, family health assistants, cleaners, grocery workers, post employees, etc. also said that they are continuing to work at the risk of being infected with the new coronavirus, but employers have not taken enough measures to protect them.
At present, among the more than 500 warehouses operated by Amazon in the United States, about one-tenth, or more than 50 warehouses, have new cases of crowns. According to some Amazon employees in interviews, Amazon has poor communication on issues such as "who is eligible for paid vacations", and failed to deliver on its previous promises. For this, they felt very angry.
Amazon initially stated that employees diagnosed with infections can get paid sick leave. But there is always a shortage of testing kits in the United States. The reporter found that Amazon has changed its policies in this regard, and the previous commitments have not been communicated to all warehouses.
The epidemic is spreading all over the world, Amazon orders have surged, and workers ’safety hazards are also increasing. Surprisingly, after the outbreak in the United States, Amazon, known for its militarized delivery efficiency, was caught flat-footed and exposed various problems. Company executives and workers seemed to lack trust in each other.
It is understood that last week, a strike event was held at the JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island in Amazon, hoping to arouse the company's concern about the lack of protection of employees who continue to work during the epidemic. The next day, strike organizer Chris Smalls was fired by Amazon, which alleged that it violated the company's security regulations. And yesterday, the warehouse workers held another demonstration to protest their working environment during the new corona virus outbreak. The demonstrators called on Amazon to close the warehouse in a comprehensive manner for professional cleaning and sanitation.
Although the stalemate with employees occurred in an epidemic, the contradiction between the two parties has been hidden for a long time, and the employees' mistrust of their employers already exists.
Other American technology giants have also faced moments like this: The existing problem suddenly evolved into a crisis. Now, Amazon is on the cusp.