Amazon Admits That Its Drivers Urinate In Bottles

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Amazon has apologised to a US politician for falsely denying that drivers are, at times, forced to urinate in plastic bottles.

Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, referenced Amazon making “workers urinate in water bottles” in a tweet.

The official Amazon Twitter account then replied: “If that were true, nobody would work for us.”

The company has now apologised after evidence emerged of drivers having to urinate in bottles.

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“We owe an apology to Representative Pocan,” Amazon said in a statement.

“The tweet was incorrect. It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfilment centres.”

It added that its fulfilment centres all have dozens of toilets that employees can use “at any time”.

Mr Pocan had criticised Amazon for opposing efforts by workers to unionise a major facility in Alabama.

“Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles,” he wrote last week.

Shortly afterwards, Amazon’s official account responded: “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.”

Several news outlets then quoted numerous Amazon employees who confirmed that they had been left with little option but to urinate in plastic bottles while working. They also described relentless working practices, both in its fulfilment centres and as delivery drivers.

The Intercept also said it had obtained internal documents suggesting that Amazon executives were aware of this happening.

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