Amazon is facing another discussion about safety issues as a US study shows the company’s workers at US warehouses are injured at a higher rate than people doing similar jobs at other companies’ warehouses. The study is backed by Strategic Organizing Center which is a coalition of US trade unions.
The study says Amazon workers suffer 5.9 serious injuries per 100 people – almost 80% higher than the rest of the industry. The study’s organisers referred this to Amazon’s “obsession with speed”.
The company has earlier in several cases been criticized for safety problems and also for insufficient measures to protect staffers from the covid virus. The company has a reputation for being against forming unions at its work places.
In his recent annual letter to Amazon shareholders, CEO Jeff Bezos said that: We need to do better taking care of employees.
“Our interactions with employees are many, and they’re fine-grained. It’s not just about the pay and the benefits. It’s about all the other detailed aspects of the relationship too”, he wrote.
He also commented on a failed attempt to create a trade union at the company’s site in Alabama saying:
“Does your Chair take comfort in the outcome of the recent union vote in Bessemer? No, he doesn’t. I think we need to do a better job for our employees. While the voting results were lopsided and our direct relationship with employees is strong, it’s clear to me that we need a better vision for how we create value for employees – a vision for their success.”