- Posted by fionamp
- On July 24, 2018
Fiona Onasanya, Labour’s MP for Peterborough, is calling on the Prime Minister to crackdown on online retail giant Amazon by ensuring that reasonable working practices are upheld in their warehouses across the UK.
After concerns were raised about working conditions at the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Kingston Park, Fletton, the Labour MP is asking constituents who have worked for the company to contact her with their experiences.
With a shocking 600 ambulance calls made to Amazon warehouses in the United Kingdom over the last year, Fiona has submitted a Freedom of Information request to try and determine how many of these were made to Peterborough’s fulfilment centre, which employs around 2,500 people.
According to a member’s survey of Amazon workers conducted by GMB, working conditions in Amazon warehouses were described as like “living in a prison”. Moreover, there have been reports of an employee in late pregnancy being forced to stand for ten hours a day, and ambulance calls due to ‘electrocution’ and ‘major trauma’.
In a report by VICE, one former employee claimed that they were hauled in for disciplinary procedures “after failing to call in sick from hospital following an epileptic seizure at work.”
As several of her constituents will be former or current Amazon employees, the Labour MP for Peterborough feels compelled to take a stand:
“The extensive report of Amazon’s working practices published by GMB is nothing short of alarming. After hearing concerns from staff who work at Peterborough’s Amazon Fulfilment Centre, I have decided to write a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to ensure that working conditions in these warehouses are reasonable and humane.
My hope is that by shining a light on working conditions they may be improved elsewhere.”
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