Amazon broke virus safety vows, workers say: Bloomberg News

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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has reinstated warehouse productivity quotas after it told a judge it was suspending them during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing a filed lawsuit by company workers.

The lawsuit claims that the company’s “oppressive and dangerous” policies violated public nuisance laws and exacerbated the risks of COVID-19, according to the report.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Employees at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, claimed that Amazon was not honest and open with plaintiffs or the court for failing to discipline workers for failing to meet the company’s quotas for the number of tasks they complete each hour, according to the report.

Amazon says worker safety is its top priority, but employees at several facilities in different states say their well-being takes a back seat to quickly ship customer orders, according to the report.

German union Verdi had called on workers at seven Amazon warehouses to start a two-day strike on Tuesday for better pay and better conditions to coincide with the Prime Day global promotion event.

During the annual buying event that spans multiple countries, Amazon typically offers big discounts and free shipping to its Prime members in order to boost sales.

Report by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Edited by Shinjini Ganguli

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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