This is why I cancelled my Amazon account and don’t sign up to anything where Amazon is behind it, if I can find the info.
Part of the article:
“Emergency call logs reveal harrowing suicidal employee crisis at Amazon“
“A harrowing investigation by the Daily Beast has revealed dozens of calls made by Amazon warehouses in the past five years to emergency services about employees on the brink of suicide.
The researchers found that between October 2013 and October 2018, emergency workers were summoned to Amazon warehouses in the US at least 189 times for suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health episodes, according to 911 call logs, ambulance and police reports.
“I have a suicidal employee in one of our offices, he attempted to cut himself three or four times tonight,” said one such emergency call. …
… The worker has been “with Amazon for over a year and is frustrated with his employment because he felt he was lied to by Amazon at his orientation. He keeps saying the company told him they valued his employment and would be treated as if he mattered and not just a number,” the report added. …
… In a statement to The Daily Beast, Amazon said it values the health of its employees and suggested that the number of calls is an “overgeneralisation” that “doesn’t take into account the total of our associate population, hours worked, or our growing network.” …”
“Lawsuit alleges Amazon caused worker’s death”
On January 23, 2017, 57-year-old Thomas Becker began his regular 3:30 a.m. shift as a maintenance technician at Amazon Fulfillment Center MDW4 in Joliet, Illinois. Twenty minutes later, he experienced a medical emergency that was compounded by a shockingly delayed response from Amazon, leading to his death. In response, his widow, Linda Becker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Becker clutched his chest and fell to the ground at 3:50 a.m., begging to his co-workers to come to his aid.
Twenty-five minutes elapsed before Amazon contacted the Joliet Fire Department’s station 3, which was less than a half mile away. Minutes later, firefighter/paramedics arrived, yet they were forced to come through the front doors, delayed by conversation with security, and then forced to walk across the 1.5 million-square-foot facility to where Becker lay, rather than being allowed to access his location though a nearby loading dock door. All told, the lawsuit alleges another five to seven minutes were lost, and when they made it to Becker, he was no longer conscious or breathing. He was taken to Presence St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:58 a.m., having suffered cardiac arrest.
During the extreme wait for treatment within the warehouse, the lawsuit also claims that none of Amazon’s internal medical personnel (Amcare) came to help with a functioning Automated External Defibrillator … >>> further reading in this Link to the article.
It’s so time for change!
Hashtags: (open in new window)
#AmazonAmbassadors (fake employees paid to do propaganda for Amazon: >>> News Article)
And in my own cause:
@Preth8ers (A Facebook Group since 2011 – not very active)
@__PAMSU__ (Pret Staff Union since 2012 – not very active)
@BFAWU1 (Very active – Food Workers Union that was instrumental in the 1st ever UK McDonald’s Strikes)
expret.org (Home page)
I worked at Pret A Manger and survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement that involved HR, the top leadership, HQ and even the now “retired” former CEO Clive Schlee. I declined 4 settlement offers if I am silent about my ordeal. But I rather starve and speak out to help others. For an overview of important blog entries of my experience with Pret, please visit “My Ordeal with Pret A Manger”. The little arrow to the right next to each heading will lead directly to the post.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by The Adam Paradox, and wrote an article in the Scottish Left Review.
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