Amazon admitted that its drivers must urinate in bottles due to traffic or problems finding toilets during delivery runs, publicly apologizing to a US congressman who denounced the situation and to which the company responded with a tweet that it now considered “incorrect.”
“This was an own goal, we are not happy and we owe Representative (Mark) Pocan an apology,” Amazon said in a statement posted on its blog.
“We know,” said the internet sales giant, “that drivers may have problems finding toilets due to traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during the COVID, when many toilets have been closed. public “.
According to the note, it is, however, “a long-standing problem that affects the entire industry and is not specific to Amazon,” a fact that the company illustrated with a series of articles related to the subject.
The firm, which is already the second largest employer in the country, retracted the message it posted on Twitter on March 24 in response to Pocan, who is a Democratic representative from Wisconsin.
“Paying workers $ 15 an hour does not make it a ‘progressive workplace’ when a union is destroyed and workers are made to urinate in water bottles,” Pocan said in a tweet.
“You really don’t believe in peeing in bottles, do you?” Amazon replied in another trill.
“If that were true,” he added, “no one would work for us. The truth is that we have more than a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do and have excellent salaries and health care from day one.”
In its apology posted on its blog, Amazon pointed out that its tweet “was incorrect.”
“It did not address our large population of drivers and instead mistakenly focused only on our fulfillment centers. A typical Amazon fulfillment center has dozens of restrooms and employees can walk away from their work station at any time,” explained the note.
In any case, Amazon indicated that they would like to solve the problem, although it admitted that it still does not know how, but promised that it will look for solutions.
“We will continue to speak out when false information is presented, but we will also work hard to always be accurate,” concluded the statement from the Seattle-based company, which has waged a battle to avoid what could be its first US syndicate. where its workforce groups around 800,000 workers.