Amazon employees voice concerns about working conditions
Published : Saturday, 28 March, 2020 at 5:43 PM Count : 191
At a time when consumers are relying on delivery more than ever, Amazon employees say they are unsure about their own health.
After an employee who worked at the fulfillment center near the Jacksonville International Airport tested positive earlier this week, more concerns are being raised by some anxious workers there.
Amazon says no other employee have tested positive at the airport center, but workers cited uncertainty among staff as to whether employees had contacted with the sick employee.
Activists say they were told to keep six feet away from each other and that extra breaks were added so people would not crowd the large crowd. However, some say they do not have the necessary protective equipment.
The concern came that Amazon has confirmed across the country that there are 10 convenience workers who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“They don’t give us masks to protect our face. They don’t provide us that. They don’t give us sanitary gloves or anything,” one local worker told News4Jax.
“We haven’t received any masks. You get masks, you have to pay for them on your own. It’s just wipes at certain stations, they are available, and hand sanitizers and they tell you to stay six feet away from each other," another worker said.
In a message from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Saturday, he told employees they’ve “placed purchase orders for millions of face masks” to give workers who can’t work from home but said, “few of those orders have been filled."-Internet