As per a recent report published by the Daily Mail, employees at Amazon’s warehouse in Tilbury, Essex are being made to work for 55 hours a week due to which they have been falling sick and are being rushed to hospitals.
The warehouse is equipped with cameras in every nook and corner as the employees process up to 300 items an hour. A footage taken by a few warehouse cameras depicts employees falling asleep while standing and being taken away by ambulances.
It has been revealed in the report that the employees have been struggling too hard to meet their targets. Moreover, a number of screens placed in the warehouse keep reminding them of the incomplete targets.
Exhausted staff is said to cover clocks so they are not reminded how long there is to go on their shifts. Not only this they usually walk up to a mile, to use the toilet.
This new warehouse is being referred to as a “fulfillment center”.
Amazon’s packing plant is the biggest in Europe. It is nearly as large as the size of 11 football pitches. As per the report, it has also been said that an undercover reporter spent five weeks at the site. He explained that the workers suffer physically and mentally while being at work.
Some employees were so tired from working 55-hour weeks, they would ‘sleep on their feet’, as per the report.
“Those who could not keep up with the punishing targets faced the sack – and some who buckled under the strain had to be attended by ambulance crews,” the undercover reporter mentioned.