When people dwell upon the Christmas season, they may tell the story of Santa Claus who lives with his happy elves in the North Pole as they joyfully make toys and other gifts of the season. The closest thing to that which exists seems to be anything but a joyous place with decked holly, however. As a matter of fact, not only are there not elves, but there seem to be fewer humans, too.
That is because robots are taking over Amazon, according to the Mirror. That is not the full tale of the misery at this real-life warehouse for the North Pole, though. It has been revealed that exhausted workers fall asleep on their feet after grueling ten hour work days and are “under constant pressure to deal with a package every 30 seconds.”
Perhaps one reason that they make the job so very hard and do not hire more people is that Amazon wants to justify bringing in the robots to a greater degree. We can all hear Jeff Bezos now saying, “My heart ached as I saw the misery of my workforce so I fixed it – not by hiring more workers – but by firing them all and using robots.”
That is true holiday kindness in action.
Mirror reporter Alan Selby writes that “staff are just cattle – there to serve robots.” Selby finds that Tilbury warehouse is up to the legal standard on safety and health standards, but just “because it is legal does not mean it is good for you.”
This is a company founded by the richest man in the world and it seems that his heart is still focused on the bottom line, not morality or goodness. While he has no legal mandate to be either moral nor good, this speaks volumes about our future. The days of Scrooge are nipping at our heels and we don’t even see it coming.
We just keep buying and supporting Amazon for the deals.
The investigative reporter worked there for the story and, though he runs marathons, yet he said that his body “felt drained every day.” Learning of the horrors, Selby says that his blood pressure, as well as his resting heart rate, rose due to the stress of that miserable job.
That is the stress which he felt even though he really did not have to rely on the job for years to simply live the way that those who are not really reporters get to do, toiling their lives away thanklessly.
The job of “picker” now belongs to robots and the Mirror reporter conveys that the “human staff were reduced to livestock, existing only to service the machines.”
Also, we have covered a million times at the Conservative Daily Post how those who hold power over us use language alterations to control us and to sheppard us to our own slaughter. Well, Amazon has a place called “fulfillment center” where “repetitive, monotonous work” is done. The writer said this gloom “did him no favors” with his stress levels, either.
He confesses that he was very depressed at first, but then, his brain just “switched off.”
He shows that Amazon would not have to worry about pushing the ten hours of hell if they would just “stretch its 40-hour week over five days and add more staff.” However, the world’s richest man does not seem interested in such sympathy for anyone. Perhaps empathy and kindness is not the most profitable avenue, but is that all that we are today, even when as rich as the CEO of Amazon?
The Mirror writer says that the company “makes more money by treating its workers as expendable commodities.” That is likely the way that they feel when they (try to) sleep at night and how they surely feel when they woefully awaken each day for a new shift.
Amazon places “impossible targets” as goals for their workforce and even have “timed bathroom breaks.” Imagine if someone tried to tell Bezo’s how long he could read The Daily Bugle on the commode, yet he feels no qualms about doing it to others.
This investigative report lasted five weeks and concluded on Black Friday, so needless to say, things are only worse now as Christmas and holidays approach.
Those slaving at the job “work as many as 55 hours in a week in the £8.20 an hour jobs” that they are stranded at. Some workers are forced to pay as much as “£4 a day for a bus just to get to the warehouse.” This is not the North Pole, this is more akin to a prison.
Selby worked in what he called a metal cage ten feet away from the nearest human. As a robot neared, he had nine seconds to take the item being given and to process it. At that rate, he was expected to do 300 different items in an hours time. This, as stated, went on for ten hours every day with even the bathroom being stop-watched.
The reporter’s body writhed in pain from the job and he was lucky….some needed an ambulance. Those who did had worked themselves too hard in order not to be fired, which is the outcome if quotas are not met.
Amazon workers are not even allowed to sit when nothing is happening. “Why are we not allowed to sit when it is quiet and not busy? We are human beings, not slaves and animals,” said one exhausted worker.
Another fatigued worker said, “I expected it to be all modern and powered by robots in here, but my eyes are wide open now.”
As the reporter feared constantly being fired and the meager two half-hour breaks were hardly enough time to rush to the break room and scarf down whatever could be consumed.
Worse still, the quota is said to likely rise to 200 an hour! All the while, Amazon says that “Amazon provides a safe and positive workplace with competitive pay and benefits from day one. We are proud to have created thousands of permanent roles in our UK fulfillment centers in recent years.”
They also said, “We offer great jobs and a positive environment with opportunities for growth. As with most companies, we expect a certain level of performance. Targets are based on previous performance achieved by our workers. Associates are evaluated over a long period of time as we know a variety of things could impact the ability to meet expectations in any given day or hour.”
We can only wonder if this is what they say to those in overworked and laid up in the hospital in a nervous and exhausted state, too.